Wooden Cup

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Project by tyskkvinna posted 05-06-2012 01:39 PM 2364 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A more traditional project this time. It is a simple little cup/ chalice / what-have-you, made out of a wonderful wood. A friend of mine collects wood when he’s on the job (fixing downed power lines) and gave a little hunk of this to me. He thought it was mulberry – it doesn’t quite look like mulberry to me. What I can tell you is it is as hard as purpleheart. It also had an extremely thick bark around the entire log so I decided to keep it a little on the cup.

I also did things “my way” and after I turned the outside, I threw it in my mill and just carved out the interior. I left the wall fairly thick because I wasn’t sure how the bark layers would hold up and I didn’t want to find out the hard way.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 05-06-2012 01:57 PM

Great looking cup, good idea keeping the bark!

From the looks of the wood I would believe it is mulberry. I turned a similar piece the other day, while turning I discovered I had a few worm holes in the wood. After I had my outside shape I was admiring the grain/color when I noticed on of the worm holes had an object coming out of it! After watching for a minute or so it turned out to be a very dizzy grub, :-) can you imagine what it was thinking while spinning in the spindles!?

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 05-06-2012 04:08 PM

Very nice. The way the grains and colors of it run, looks like it’s filled with some good ale already… hahaha

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 05-06-2012 04:48 PM

Nice natural cup!! It does not look like mulberry- that is a yellow wood. It looks more like maple

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

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#4 posted 05-06-2012 10:38 PM

Great character in the cup!

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#5 posted 05-07-2012 01:57 AM

Cool cup. great job on saving the bark. Definitely not mulberry, I was just working with some today..Jims right its yellow.

-- I make lots of dust, everything else is just a byproduct of the dust making process!...Frank,NJ

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#6 posted 05-07-2012 02:36 AM

About the only wood I can definitively say it was not is maple… it is kind of waxy, internally shiny.. and harder than just about anything I’ve ever tried cutting.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#7 posted 05-08-2012 12:24 AM

Very nicely done, looks great.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 09-20-2012 12:50 AM

Really beautiful.

-- Leonard H.

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#9 posted 09-20-2012 12:57 AM

Spalted Maple I love the way you did it.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#10 posted 12-30-2012 07:44 PM

Ever try working with mesquite? I have literally hundreds of mesquite trees and thinking it would make some beautiful pieces. ... Certainly am enjoying your work – very nice.

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