Tsuru Pot

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Project by Threeseamonsters posted 06-06-2010 05:55 PM 1811 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This pot represents some of my progress in learning hollowing. Still having a tough time with it… although I like that I can make shapes and forms I couldn’t make before.

This is turned and carved from wet Black Walnut. I’ve turned several pieces from this log now… but for some reason on this one, the sapwood is very dark… in spots even darker than the heartwood. Does anyone know why this would be? Maybe because I’ve had the wood for 5 months or so now… the sapwood is starting to change color?

Thanks for looking!

-- jn

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#1 posted 06-06-2010 06:03 PM

This is a great turnig/carving just a wonderful form

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#3 posted 06-06-2010 06:53 PM

WOW, what a grain pattern, I wish for many more pictures of the beautiful grains but know that it will be pointless to show same picture over and over. This is awesome! I knew there was a reason I made you one of my buddies.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 06-06-2010 07:00 PM

I work with walnut ALL the time and I’ll make a guess what you are calling sapwood really isn’t.

With walnut, as well as many other woods, when something interferes with the normal tree’s growth (branch, damage, woodpecker, etc….) you can get this wonderful pattern that develops in the growth rings of the tree. My guess that this is what you are looking at – either a branch grew at this point or some kind of damage occurred while the tree was growing.

BTW, walnut is my all time favorite wood to work with – it works well and I have never had a piece that didn’t surprise me in some way.

Great Job – the vessel looks fantastic!


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#5 posted 06-06-2010 08:24 PM

big cool from me!
this is one of my favorites

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 06-07-2010 03:08 AM

Thanks folks! The grain was pretty awesome in this chunk of wood. It is from a large log… about 36” diameter and right under what was a large branch, so there’s some nice ripping going on.

KnotC: Yes, part of this piece is branch wood, but the rim was natural edge with bark and all. This is the 4th piece I’ve made from this wood and I’ve seen bright contrasty sapwood through all of them. But in this piece, the sapwood is darkened considerably… right under the bark even. But, yes, absolutely: Walnut is always full of surprises!

Bearpie: Thanks! I have the piece out in a show right now… but when (if) I get it back, I’ll take some nice grain beauty shots and share ‘em.

-- jn

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#7 posted 06-07-2010 03:22 AM

Very nice work – especially like what you did with the rim – whole piece really comes together well. I’d say you are well on your way to some great hollow forms if this one is still a learning exercise!

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#8 posted 06-04-2011 03:24 AM

one of my all time faves !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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