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I don't post many of the bowls and things I turn but this piece of live oak had such an interesting grain that I could not resist. It came from a piece of crotch that had a really gnarly, twisted grain and some bark inclusions that left voids that I filled with a brass (platter) and bronze (bowl) mixed with epoxy. I sanded to about 2000 grit and finished with Mylands Friction polish. Both are around 8" across.

While live oak can be pretty tough to turn because it is one of the hardest native woods, these pieces turned beautifully and the shavings came off in 12" plus long ribbons.


The platter was a bonus for a guy who paid me way too much to turn him a screwdriver handle and the bowl was made as a donation to an auction to raise money for the Texas Forestry Association Project Learning Tree.

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That really is an interesting couple pieces of lumber. The grain pattern is eye catching for sure, nice job
 

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That turned out real nice! I turned a few pens out of Oak and yup, can be a challange!
 

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Wow, so much character in those pieces. The bronze and brass infill? is great. Those are some very cool turnings.
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Nice work Nathan. That's a good looking piece of Live Oak. The imperfections really set it apart!
 

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The color variations are striking.
 

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The bronze and brass fillings came out very nice Nathan! Good looking turnings.
 

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man those are just awesome,that oak is spectacular.very nice work.
 

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I have some live oak drying curtisy of Irma, I hope I can find something as nice as those, as well as do it justice as you have.
 

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Thanks guys. These might be some of my favorite turned pieces so far. I'll definitely be looking for some more live oak crotches. LO is my favorite wood for making mallets too because it so hard and dense, even though it can be a little on the boring side compared to the more exotice stuff often used for mallets; that is, unless you find something with grain like this.
 

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Beautiful work with Live Oak.
 

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Great grain and the finish makes it pop. Excellent job !!! Mel
 

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Thanks Mel, Swirt and Dave.
 

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Oak looks fantastic…as well as that platter shape.
 

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Love the wood grain on both of them
 

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Thanks, Norm and Ivan.
 
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