Mug & plate - bungee turned and carved.

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Mug & plate
bungee turned and carved

1. The mug in my hand.
2. Shape turned on the bungee lathe.
3. My day out hiking by Loch Doon, what better place to sit and carve.
4. Here they are, mug and plate, ready for a meal.
5. Closed up.
6. 400 grid sandpaper and a honing strap was my tour honing gear.

This is another project from my tour to Scotland visiting my friend Jamie.
On this tour I had the chance to visit his friend Ron and try bungee lathe turning.

This inspired me to this project, that I took with me on a 24 hours hike into the Scottish highlands, by a beautiful lake by the name of Loch Doon and I carved in the early hours after sleeping out in my hammock.

Drawing of the project, from my sketchbook.

Here is what I brought on my hike.
Wood, tools, a diamond plate and a strop loaded with compound for that razor sharp edge.

If this isn’t life, then I don’t know what life is. (My hammock up by Loch Doon).

Ohhh yes, and this ended up being a giant blister, I cut it open, but the rest are still here weeks after, reminding me the tour. ;-)

Hope this post can bring some inspiration, perhaps some mugs out there on the trails.

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 09-16-2013 12:29 AM

Very cool Mads, love the simple tools. I miss the Highlands. I swear Scotland does something to visitors to make you long to return…

Will be looking into your bungee lathe too. Great work!

-- Steve

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#2 posted 09-16-2013 12:34 AM

Mads, it makes you appreciate the skill of those old Pole lathe turners way back before electricity, & the quality of their work.
Can tell you had a blast on this trip :: ))
well done friend

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 09-16-2013 01:01 AM

I spent a few days in the Highlands. Wonderful place and great photos. Nice projects as well. Very useful.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#4 posted 09-16-2013 02:33 AM

Thanks, Mads, for sharing your stories. Truly wonderful!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#5 posted 09-16-2013 02:47 AM

Very nice piece of carving. I can really appreciate how well you did that by hand after I do power carving. That came out very nice with the beginning on the foot powered lathe!!!!!!!!!
Cheers, my friend….................Jim

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

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#6 posted 09-16-2013 09:25 AM

Looks like you had a great time at that beautiful lake Mads and the carving came out really well too. It reminds me that my wife and I have not taken even a single drive or longer trip all summer as we had to renovate our garden and paint our house (the work goes slower when you get older). We are leaving for Sweden on Thursday, so I hope we can make up for that lost time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 09-16-2013 10:55 AM

Great project and memories to go along with it. Would love to have a try at a bungie or spring pole lathe. Thanks for sharing Mads.

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 09-16-2013 03:24 PM

Great stuff Buddy .
Reminds me of a time many years ago when I made a flower box out of a piece of birch log with a hand dill and chisel and hammer .
I can relate to the blisters but it is a wonderful set you created in a very interesting way .

-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 09-16-2013 07:40 PM

Smiles here.
Kiefer, auuuch yes, thank you.
CFrye, I think you need to build one. ;-) Look at this post from our wonderful friend Swirt:
Stefang, my dear Mike, sounds wonderful with a trip for Sweden, I have a secret plan about Stavanger in two years… With the hammock and my foldable kayak, three to four weeks alone in the fjord and visiting my family there.
Jim, it was really great fun, to try using a bungee lathe, I still have a dream to add one to my shaving horse.
Smitty, big smile.
Samuel, yes a wonderful place, can feel I will have to get back.
PeteG, yes it is amazing what they could make on these lathes, really impressive. I had a blast!
Ragged, yes it stays in the blood, smiles.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#10 posted 09-16-2013 11:22 PM

This is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 09-17-2013 02:25 AM

Oh Mads! Look what you’ve done now. hahaha Added another project to my “List”! That looks so cool and do-able!

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 09-17-2013 05:14 PM

CFrye, a good project for a day on a good spot, enjoying the nature, the turning can be done on any lathe ahead.
Hoss, make one and share it. ;-)
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#13 posted 09-17-2013 08:17 PM

Beatiful Mad. Like ever…you work is great.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#14 posted 09-19-2013 01:09 AM

That is amazing! Very nice.

-- I never finish anyth

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#15 posted 09-19-2013 12:59 PM

Thank you, Gerado and Philip.
It was a sweet moment.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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