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Project by bushmaster posted 10-09-2017 08:40 PM 2451 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This posting is coming from the state of Florida where I am visiting friends, Here I was able to use his lathe, He had out fitted a basic wood lathing setup after visiting my place from his home in Iowa. He got the bug… This summer he moved to Florida, we where visiting friends in Michigan so stopped by here for a week before heading home.

The Wood, The two natural edge bowls are Live Oak wood from the recent hurricane Irma. The first place we visited was the Historic Town of ST. AUGUSTINE, on the east coast. Oldest settlement in the US. There was a downed tree just outside of the information center. I looked longingly at the wood across the wall.

My friend went to the Park Headquarters to see if we could have some wood, the wood I looked at belonged to the Methodist Church but they let us take some from the actual fort site. So it is more than special to me. NOT FOR SALE. A great souvenir, of our visit and I had the joy of turning it into several bowls, Jim has still lots more wood for him to use. There is so much wood piled up along the roads here for disposal, wood turners dream come true.

The two small bowls where from wood picked up in Crystal Rivers on the west coast. Wood unknown to me, White wood, smooth bark, turns with ease. I got some small diameter pieces turned it round to make a bud vase but it cracked overnight. So tried some small bowls.

No finish on the bowls yest as I am taking them home in a suitcase, can fish sanding there and turn the bottoms.
Florida is great but much too hot for this Northerner, Jim’s garage must have been a hundred degrees, had to take my shirt off, last thumbnail. Hot and sticky.. Will heading toward home tomorrow. Looking forward to trying new things and posting projects this winter. Thanks Jim for the use of your lathe, not quite like my scrap iron lathe, but smooth and does the job.

Thanks for looking, I have enjoyed posting on this site and making great friends. Comments appreciated

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 10-09-2017 08:44 PM

Looks good, nice job and a good story.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 10-09-2017 08:51 PM

Beautiful pieces and wonderful keepsakes of a lovely trip! I also love the north as you know, Brian. I hope you had a great time. It is very ‘autumn-like’ here in Nova Scotia. Have a safe trip home.

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 10-09-2017 09:17 PM

Nice wood find and great looking bowels.
I hate the heat also the hurricane I can do without .
You should pay Woodshaver (TONY) a visit while you are there he lives in Saint Augustine .


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 10-09-2017 10:14 PM

Good looking bowl and a very special piece of wood. Good thing you got some time on the lathe so you don’t get rusty when you return home!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 10-09-2017 11:03 PM

I like what you did with the downed trees. They will be some great souvenirs.
We visited there last February, much nicer than that heat you have there now.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 10-09-2017 11:46 PM

Just bushmaster showing that he is also “turn-master” . Good job.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 10-10-2017 01:35 AM

great to see some good come out of the storm Brian, nice job & great memories for you of your trip

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 10-10-2017 01:35 AM

I got live oak coming out my ears after Irma… along with maple, tons of red oak and also some other stuff that is unidentified as well :) Knowing the location of the wood is a great asset. I make a lot of stuff from trees that come from the University of Florida. Gator fans and alumni love knowing something came from their alma-mater. St. Augustine is a beautiful place… I owned a condo on St. Augustine Beach for years, but just sold it last year. Haven’t been over there to see the aftermath of Irma, but I’m glad it didn’t take a substantial hit like they thought it was going to initially.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#9 posted 10-10-2017 01:46 AM

Very nice work

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 10-10-2017 01:48 AM

Good looking bowls Brian, I love doing natural edge stuff when I can.
Fabulous story and a great momento.
I wouldn’t sell either, somethings are too special.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#11 posted 10-10-2017 03:57 AM

Quite a trip. It’s always different look when there is a story behind. Beautiful bowls.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 10-10-2017 10:38 AM

interesting – good looking bowls.
not being familiar with turning, how green can it be to trust it

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#13 posted 10-10-2017 11:17 AM

They are Quite Beautiful

-- TomB

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#14 posted 10-10-2017 12:17 PM

All of these are beautiful bowls and you did a fine job on them. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 10-10-2017 10:49 PM

Brain, a good save from a terrible event.
Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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