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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 06-05-2021 08:44 PM 453 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend and neighbor gave me a chunk of Russian olive that he glued up from pieces he got from a lightning-struck tree. I turned it into a bowl. Took quite a bit of CA to fix the checks. Finished by sanding with 60, 120, 180, and 220 then oiling it with BLO, then four coats of shellac and BLO on the lathe, then sanded it back a little with some 800 grit wet-dry, then a couple more coats of shellac padded on by hand.

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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#1 posted 06-05-2021 08:50 PM

That’s gorgeous

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#2 posted 06-05-2021 09:11 PM

Thanks, Don! It was a pretty chunk of wood, and all I did was not screw it up. Much.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 06-05-2021 09:32 PM

Nice turning Dave, great grain pattern. You weren’t kidding about a project while letting the finish dry for the plane swap

-- Eric, building the dream

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#4 posted 06-05-2021 09:46 PM

Nice save – some serious grain patterns

-- 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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#5 posted 06-05-2021 10:05 PM

I like the shape of this bowl, the concave sides are very attractive. Nice work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 06-05-2021 10:14 PM

What a beauty!

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#7 posted 06-05-2021 10:18 PM

Доброе утро, Дэвид,
Поздравляю с очень красивой миской для оливок

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 06-05-2021 10:33 PM

Thanks, Eric! There’s a birdhouse that will probably get done tomorrow too.

Thanks, Dick! Every bit of Russian olive I’ve dealt with has been brittle, so I figured this one was going to challenge me too,

Thanks, Tom! I thought the shape would help show off the grain.

Thanks, Jon!

спасибо, Роберт!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 06-05-2021 11:43 PM

I love Russian Olive, I got a bunch from a coworker a few years ago. Tough stuff, but looks great. It also dries out and moves in strange ways sometimes too, if turned green

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#10 posted 06-05-2021 11:44 PM

sweet bowl dave you may nudge me too get turning again,ive got a hunk of cook woods walnut on the lathe for about 3 weeks now,just been busy with other projects.damn real life keeps getting in the way-lol.

-- 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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#11 posted 06-05-2021 11:52 PM

Mighty fine bowl Dave the wood is beautiful.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#12 posted 06-06-2021 12:58 AM

Thanks, Mos! It’s not too bad to work, but this was bone dry, and I hope it’s done moving.

Thanks, Pottz. Just trying to make sure I remember what round is. ;-)

Thanks, Oldrivers! Shame I don’t have access to more of it.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 06-06-2021 01:43 AM

I’ve got a few that I turned relatively wet, probably around 50-60%. It didn’t crack of anything, but there were some pretty distinct and sharp undulation points in it when it dried out. It was just really weird how sharp and defined they were. I thought it was awesome lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#14 posted 06-06-2021 01:46 AM

Ok. Back in MN I had a couple sources for Russian olive, but here, not so much. It’s around, but it’s pretty much all in people’s yards, and I don’t know as many people yet.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 06-06-2021 05:48 AM

Nice, have to keep my eye’s open, around here they only live bout 10, 12 years an the neighbors is about 8 years old!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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