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Project by Porchfish posted 06-27-2011 05:47 PM 2263 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK , this 1st picture shows three pieces of an installation titled “Forest Turned” it was 1st shown in a gallery in Quincy Florida as a standing piece and had a total of 5 pcs like the three here mounted in a floor strewn with leaves. and arranged so the viewer could walk around and through it. Because it was so heavy and not very portable I changed it to a “hanging” forest and the three pieces shown here were hung from a 12’ high ceiling in the Havana Art Center Gallery , owned and operated by good friend, and fellow Vet, Lee Mainella who chose to leave this world several years ago, and is sorely missed by everyone whose life he touched.

Now the questions I pose for you are #1 Have you any idea of the type of wood used in the pieces ? I hope someone does because I haven’t the slightest idea ! I found an eight foot log jutting out from a pile of logs being readied for a bon-fire at a blue-grass music festival near Quincy florida. I saw the black heart and gold sap wood in a strange log with heavy chunky black pine-like bark. I had to salvage it and talked the festival creator into helping me load it into my van. The old timer at the band saw mill could not identify it and had “narry a clue” as he put it. I will say that on being cut it had a very strong sweet smell that reminded all of us at the mill of sweet fermenting Pineapple ! He traded his cutting fee for some of the lumber.

The finished pieces are 12”x 36”x4” deep at the center, 12”x38”x4”deep at the center, and 11” x 42”x3 1/2deep in the center .

#2 keeping in mind that they were not created in pieces and assembled, how were they completed ? One of the pictures above will tell you with what, but how is the question and of course no sorcery was involved (some craziness , maybe).

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#1 posted 06-27-2011 06:00 PM

It looks a lot like Goncalo Alves to me.

As to the second question, I have no idea what type of planer would make that cut. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 06-27-2011 10:37 PM

As to question 2 :

Did you use a power take off with an expandable and adjustable circle cutter head on the end of the rod ?

That sounds crazy enough for me for pre-CNC days . I would have liked to have seen this exhibition,

Nice work .

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Scott Oldre

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#3 posted 06-28-2011 01:53 AM

I’m going to say Jobillo which gives the appearance of chocolate swirls when used to create a bowl. But if it was native to FL, I have no idea. Sure is pretty though.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#4 posted 06-28-2011 02:39 AM

Do you have any other photos to show a more zoomed out view. I am having trouble wrapping my head around this project.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#5 posted 06-29-2011 01:34 AM

It’s definitely not goncalo alves. I know that photo you pulled up has some serious black markings on it, but that’s not typical at all of the GA that I’ve seen. If you look at it, it’s actually a black heartwood and a white sapwood. Look at how the black is concentrated towards the center, and the white follows along the crotch of the one of the left, but still only follows the outside of the black portion.

My gues is It could be black mangrove: (leaning more towards this.)

it’s local to florida, resinous, heavy as all f* according to wiki :

and here’s a site selling a turning blank that looks like it:

The bark:

A box made from it:

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#6 posted 06-29-2011 03:28 PM

Not fair to all us old/weird machine nuts, the pictures are all nice and big and clear, except for the one
of the lathe? that you used. Would you please post a better picture of it and possibly a name/explanation.
The turnings or projects are great and look nice, but you have really got my curiosity bump itching. Thank
you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 09-01-2011 07:50 PM

Very interesting end product Porchfish. that wood is gorgeous.

-- -Jacob Turetsky, Industrial Designer

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