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I felt it was time to post a few projects, but projects with action shots as well as a dirty photo ( see photo of woodworker holding bowl covered in saw dust) and of course a static display of percieved "skill level". While at my local hardware store there was a fellow buying a new chainsaw chain the whole while complaining about that "dang cherry log". My ears perked like a dog who just heard the word treat. I asked him if it is was already in pieces and he said no it was still in chunks the size of a pickup bed. My heart started to race and I, as calmly as I could said, " I would be more than happy to take that log off your hands." Long story short I got a 10 foot section of black cherry log that was 31 inches diameter, for 30 bucks. This stuff turned like a dream but was super wet/green. This bowl was not my first attempt at turning, there was plenty of "custom rounded firewood" made before this. I used a Grizzly lathe and a steel city gouge set, some may say these are average tools but if youre not Arnold Palmer why get a 2000 dollar putter. And yes the bowl on the books and lathe is different than the bowl in the "dirty" photo.

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Strong work! I had to laugh out loud at "custom rounded firewood." Sounds like it was $30 well spent.
 

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Totally good buy , i watch craigs list for people trying to get rid of cut down trees and what not . Nice photo's !
 

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Hey, your works looks good, you're having fun…Just keep on turning, you'll have the most decorative firewood in town! I had a giggle the olther day…I stopped by my cousin Ted's place just to say hi, and noticed this odd assortment of turned wood gracing the length of his fireplace mantle…he picks up my wood scrap to burn in his fireplace and said he thinks some of my thowaways are too interesting to burn! LOL
Ya know I REALLY like that rpm readout on your Grizz, really a good think to be aware of whenever turning, it sort of programs the brain in the 'right speed' feel. Whenever somethings is really turning smoothly I glance over at my RPM and kind of record it in my mind for repeat performance.
 

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Very nice lathe and work, I kinda resemble that remark about average and know what you mean. The
neighbor trimmed his mape trees last summer and I was able to grab some of the larger branches and
wet turned some bowls, they are buried in a garbage can of sawdust and shavings in the shed and seem
to be drying nicely without cracking. Always seem to have plenty of sawdust and shavings and pieces
of wood for some strange reason, even some of that custom rounded firewood LOL. Thank you for
sharing and keep having fun in the shop.
 
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