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Project by Paul Mayer posted 07-29-2019 07:45 PM 569 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend gave me a couple chunks of a walnut limb, and here are a few of the items that I turned:

Picture #1: Live edge bowl with pith in center. I’ve mostly had good luck doing this in the past and not having the pith crack too badly, but we’ll see.

Picture #2: The spittoon and cup were turned as end grain bowls. This was a first for me, and I enjoyed how different it felt to turn it that way, and how easy it was to get a nice surface finish on the sides. Scooping out the middle took some getting used to, but with some different techniques it went great. I soaked one pith in Pentacryl and left the other one alone, so we’ll see how the differences play out. The one with no Pentracryl is already cracking badly across the bottom and all the way up one side. So far no sign of problems on the one that I soaked, so we’ll see.

Picture #3: Mortar and Pestle. I was cleaning up the shop after a full day of turning, and found a cut-off chunk that was left over from a bowl blank. There was too much nice walnut in there to toss it, so I turned this mortar and pestle. Lots of sapwood, which I like.

I have a few more bowls as well, still awaiting final sanding and finish.

-- Paul Mayer, http://youtube.com/c/toolmetrix





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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 07-29-2019 08:44 PM

I gotta believe that first bowl was living right on the edge of that, there one minute, ohhhhh crud, the next. Good on you for stopping.

All of them are nice, love that sap. heartwood look after they went round and round a while.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Paul Mayer

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#2 posted 07-29-2019 09:17 PM

Thanks, Steve. Yes, I definitely wanted to go just a few more shears on that one, but it is bark all the way through, and yeah, I was a spin or two from sweeping it up. :)

-- Paul Mayer, http://youtube.com/c/toolmetrix

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pottz

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#3 posted 07-29-2019 09:40 PM

yeah id say you stopped turning in just the nick of time.nice work on all of them.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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John

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#4 posted 07-29-2019 11:20 PM

Nice work Paul! You might be able to make a spatula or some blocks for a cutting board too. Real nice wood!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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Paul Mayer

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#5 posted 07-29-2019 11:23 PM

Thanks, John. I thought about the spatula, or a couple spoons. Nothing left at this point that would be long enough, but nice idea!

-- Paul Mayer, http://youtube.com/c/toolmetrix

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#6 posted 07-30-2019 06:06 AM

Paul,

Nice turnings!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Paul Mayer

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#7 posted 07-30-2019 10:47 AM

Thanks, Doc and pottz!

-- Paul Mayer, http://youtube.com/c/toolmetrix

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#8 posted 07-30-2019 03:55 PM

Really nice turnings there, very well done. Turning is very calming and satisfying isn’t it?

-- Michael

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Paul Mayer

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#9 posted 07-30-2019 04:33 PM

Thanks, Michael. Yes, it is one of the most calming and satisfying things I’ve ever done. I never thought I’d like it so much when I got my first lathe four years ago, but it has been a powerful addiction.

-- Paul Mayer, http://youtube.com/c/toolmetrix

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#10 posted 07-30-2019 06:03 PM

Really nice. I would never think to turn a limb, for the reason you mention. The turnings are beautiful!

-- Petey

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Paul Mayer

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#11 posted 07-30-2019 06:31 PM

Thanks, Petey!

-- Paul Mayer, http://youtube.com/c/toolmetrix

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