Cape Chestnut Pot

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 07-06-2018 09:16 AM 1102 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started as a branch of about 4” diameter, about 2-1/2’ long, with a roughly 3” branch sticking perpendicularly out of the middle. I took the branch to the table saw and extracted the middle therefrom, leaving me a chunk of Cape Chestnut about 5” long with a 3” branch stub (healed over) sticking out of the middle. This means I’d have some end-turning and some side-grain-turning in one and the same piece. How exciting is that?

How did this happen, you ask? Pull up a chair and I’ll tell you the tale.
I’m sitting at my computer in the middle of the night. last night – Wednesday, watching one of Brother Al’s (Furtado) videos. Al’s doing what Al does. He’s working on a wacky piece of wood and doing something awesome with it. I find myownbadself inspired. Not by what he’s turning, exactly, but by the shape of what he’s turning. I think of the branch with the branch stump. The table saw part, you know . The next part goes that I mounted it ‘tween centers and picked up my nice, sharp Ellsworth gouge and began.

Note about the middle of the night: It’s dark in here in the middle of the night. I’ve yet to figure out a good way to mount a lamp to the new lathe, so, I’m pretty much working in the dark – the only light being behind me as I stand at the lathe. Nonetheless, I turned the outside down to a pot shape, which, at this point, could’ve culminated in either a pot or a vase, depending on how I treated the innards. (It’s a pot. A small pot – 4” tall X 2-1/4” at the bottom, with about a 3/16” wall that’s remarkably consistent.) The finishing of the outside I did today – in the daylight. The finish is Shine Juice and straight shellac. The inside I hollowed out, also, today – in the daylight, using a combination of my nice, sharp 3/8” spindle gouge, a round Sorby carbide, and another carbide tool. I would’ve used a right-and-proper hollowing tool, but I don’t have one, yet. There’s one on the way in a day or two, but I coudn’t wait.
I did what I could, in the dark, and left it.

And then, I finished it on Thursday. I may decide to blow some Lacquer on it.

Now, I’m in the 2:00AM hour, Friday. I’ve been having computer fits for several hours. I tarted trying to post this at about 10:00 last night. Finally, it seems to be working. The thing (LJ’s) would take forever to load a photo, then, in the midst of loading the second photo, it would lock up. About five times, I tried. Now, I’ve got in in here, and I’m ready to push the “post” button. Let’s see if it works, shall we?

Oh. Also, the house’s AC went on the fritz last night. We’re expecting 108 F degrees Friday.

Wait here a minute. I’m trying to pull up a little something to play us out on YT. It’s taking forever to load…

Here we go

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 07-06-2018 01:14 PM

Nice piece, Mark!!!


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

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#2 posted 07-06-2018 01:39 PM

Looks like your mojo, she has returned!

I like the natural edge.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 07-06-2018 02:01 PM

mark you take that worst looking pieces of wood and make the most gorgeous things,i love too see you back at it buddy.great job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 07-06-2018 02:12 PM

I like the shape and wood grain. Thanks for the post.

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#5 posted 07-06-2018 02:28 PM

Great piece Mark.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 07-06-2018 04:00 PM

This is a beautiful piece and the wood is amazing. Nice work!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 07-06-2018 05:11 PM


-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 07-06-2018 08:03 PM

Burning the midnight oil I see. putting that new lathe through the paces. We have it a pleasant 70 degrees or so, what ever 18 C is. Nice job on the vase.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#9 posted 07-06-2018 11:32 PM

Awesome job Mark!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#10 posted 07-07-2018 01:22 AM

Very Nice Project & Well Done Mark!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#11 posted 07-07-2018 03:43 AM

Hey Mark, You found your Mojo! Great job, beautiful pot, love the live edge trim.

-- Leafherder

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#12 posted 07-07-2018 04:04 AM

Mark, thanks for sticking with it. I think many of us have been in computer lull land. Beautiful turning. Hope you get some heat relief.

-- Big Al in IN

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#13 posted 07-07-2018 08:25 AM

You realy found and turned magnificant piece of wood!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 07-07-2018 09:12 PM

great work,mate

-- bambi

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#15 posted 07-11-2018 04:52 AM

Great result Mark.

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

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