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A coworker cut down a walnut tree from her yard and gave me a branch. I wanted to try to do a live edge bowl and dry it in the microwave like I'd seen in a Carl Jacobson video. The first large chunk of bark that flew off the blank and hit me in the chest decided the bark had to go! I will not win any awards for speed when it comes to my projects, as stated this took 10 days from start to finish. When done with the initial turning it went to the shop microwave. I weighed the dish, nuked on defrost for 30 seconds, let cool for 20-30 minutes and repeated. It lost 2-4grams of weight each time. 260 grams down to 200 grams when I stopped due to the cracks forming along the growth rings. These were patched with 5 minute epoxy then remounted on the lathe and completed. I fully expected it to fly apart.


The dish was finished with Rustoleum rattle can lacquer. This part of the branch was returned to Teresa (coworker). She loves it! Maybe the next one won't take as long.
Finished dimensions are 3 1/8" high x 4 1/4" dia. X 1/4" thick walls. I signed it
Candy Frye
Walnut
2020
#2
Thanks for looking and commenting!

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Nice use of grain and love the shape.
 

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Beautiful work.
 

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Thanks, Rick!
Chris! Thanks. Good to hear from you! Are you still in school? Is your wife still turning?
 

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Hey buddy-ett…that's mighty cool. Impressive use of materials. With that being said, need to mention what impressed me most was the fact you have a shop microwave. That's big league right there…lol.
Seriously nice job on the bowl mam.
 

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Well done Candy, that's a good looking bowl!
 

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Looks fantastic! Nicely done!
 

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Little bowls are fun, Grangirls usually lay claim to them, sometimes before they leave the shop?
Never tried to dry wood before, always turn dry, no microwave but do have a roaster oven in the shop:)
 

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I'm glad you were not hurt to badly when the bark went flying …and as far as speed who cares as long as it turns out as nice as this did GREAT JOB :<))
 

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Great job and certainly better than I could do
 

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Hey Buster B! Livin' the dream! Thanks!
Thank you, Kenny!
Thanks for commenting, Drew.
Andre, this little bowl kinda stressed me out. I'll have to turn another from some crack free wood to see if it's fun! The toaster oven in the shop is for cooking buggy wood.
Thank you, Tony. I'll not be going into production mode anytime soon LOL
Joe! Thanks for checking in and commenting.
Thanks, Monte! I bet you could do as well.
 

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WOW, Candy, that is a beautiful dish. The one nice thing about turning "green" walnut is that after it is done, it will warp into a most unique shape. very nice work. I didn't know you had a lathe! I have found that drying fast like in a microwave or real near the furnace, will cause cracking more that not. I have a mesquite lamp in the works and it cracked in the microwave. It was at 35% moisture when I started and got down to 23% and cracked during that time. I look at that as an opportunity to use turquoise inlay!!

Cheers, Jim
 

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Very nice bowl Candy. I raided my BIL wood pile before and brought him back a bowl. He loved it. This is always fun!
 

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Thank you, Jim. I don't have a moisture meter so was going by weight loss. I'm not sure about the 'green' part either. The bark and inner layer of wood was definitely wet, but the sap wood and heart wood turned just like seasoned wood.
Thank you, Jeff. I had not (successfully) turned Walnut before. So, when I read about the tree removal I begged for a piece and made myself turn it before it got lost in the wood hoard!
 

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Candy, Very nicely done. Perfect grain direction.

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Your dish turned out great, love the colours!
 

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Thank you, Rance and John.
 

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Prety cool looking wood,nice bowl!
 

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Thank you, Ivan and Pete!
 
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