green turning

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Project by cnccutter posted 10-09-2013 04:51 AM 1261 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, so a week ago Saturday, my mom asks me to remove two trees in her front yard that are going to become a problem in the near future. like a good son I say no problem.

while cutting out the offend trees I see a nice chunk at the base that is part crotch and I figure there might be a bowl hidden in it.

as soon as I got home with my prize I thought i should maybe rough it out and then wait my time to return and finish it. as soon as i started cutting the water flowed… and flowed, and flowed… after taking it off the lath, i didn’t have time to cover it in anchor seal for drying right away but a light bulb blink… kind of dimly but it did blink… ahah, an idea. i went over to my table saw and buried the rough bowl in the sawdust under neath it thinking that would slow the drying until it had the time to properly seal and store it.

so I come back a few days later and to my surprise its drying great… I rebury it again and come back in a few days and it feels dry. I get out my meter and 11%... how can that be! and not a check to be seen.

return, finish and wala! finish bowl from stump to table in just over a week… ha filled it with candy and gave it back to Mom.

i still don’t know how or why it worked but I’m going to try it again just for fun.


-- Erik

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#1 posted 10-09-2013 08:45 AM

Nice bowl. That is how I dry my green blanks. Works quite well for me.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 10-09-2013 08:33 PM

Nice turn out on your bowl. I will have to try the sawdust idea one of these days. Thanks.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 10-09-2013 08:44 PM

I pack the green turning in the shavings from the lathe in a paper bag and put it on the shelf.

Gotta love it when you have to wear rain gear when turning.

Nice little bowl.

-- - Terry

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#4 posted 10-09-2013 09:42 PM

+1 for what Terry said.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 10-10-2013 05:03 PM

The sawdust probably draws the water to it kind of like a paper towel draws the water to it when placed on a spill. Anyway, that would be my guess….:). Nice bowl, by the way.

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#6 posted 10-11-2013 03:26 PM

Great salvage of the wood, the bowl looks great. Like the grains and figures on the wood. Great job!

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