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#1 posted 12-10-2018 04:44 PM

Rink – I’d like to share my recent experience turning walnut. This wormy walnut burl was salvaged from a dead tree still standing on a local citrus ranch. Members of our local woodturning club were invited to come and “help ourselves.” Most of the members were interested in clear, solid chunks, but I was intrigued by burls riddled by wood boring insects.

I cut some suitable size chunks and roughed them on the lathe:

With this chunk I proceeded on to a finished shape almost immediately. There have been no cracks! Fortunately the worm holes haven’t weakened the walnut to where it disintegrated on the lathe.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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