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I thought that I would finally post some of the things I have turned over the last year or so. These are some of my favorites. I'm always looking for interesting things to try or sometimes it just evolves based upon the chunk of firewood I mount on the lathe.

1: Spalted Sycamore bowls a from a log a friend down in Austin collected for me. It sat around for a while before I was able to get it from him and the results of my sloth were pretty stunning.
2: Eastern Red Cedar bowl from a chunk of wood from LJ Duckmilk
3: 2 Bradford pear bowls from a large crotch. The bark inclusion and gap is filled with epoxy with a mica dye.
4: Arizona ash sphere and small platter made from the end that was mounted in the chuck. AA has a reputation as a trash tree but I have been pretty impressed with the quality of the wood I've gotten from this particular log.
5: Bradford pear hollow form from a 3-way fork with ebonized BP finial. I love the way that the bark on BP machines and polishes smooth.
6: Tiny Cedar vase sitting on live oak live edge "bowl". The bowl was turned from this piece I sliced off a log when cutting some boards on my bandsaw. I was experimenting to see if I could turn this into a bowl.


Instead of creating another posting, here are a few more experiments

Eastern red cedar box


Ash Cedar Orb


Inception top (still spinning)


Heart rotted oak


Silver maple. Loose knot was filled with epoxy and dye

Ringmaster plywood orb.


Bradford pear hollow form. Experimented with coloring with Transtint dye. (I guess I forgot to take a picture with the ebonized finial I made for it.



Mesquite

Mesquite with Turquoise inlay

Bottom of the same bowl (with one of my favorite beers)


Time to go finish my beer.

EDIT: I realized that I got distracted by the beer and forgot to add some of the other photos I meant to upload:

Bradford Pear Globe. I used a diamond carbide tool to cut latitude and longitude lines and then applied transtint dyes. I was shooting for sort of a flame effect like they use on guitars but it didn't really turn out that way.


Tiny sycamore vase:


I don't remember if this elm or mulberry


Walnut and Hickory stopper for an old carafe:


Misc. wands for some Harry Potter fans
Red Mulberry with textured handle

Bradford pear with hand carved handle

Walnut with carved spiral


A couple of gear shift knobs made for charity auction


And finally a Pecan crotch bowl with turquoise inlay.

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Nice variety of projects. All look well done. Extra cool job with the Transtint dye.
 

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Good stuff Nathan.
 

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Cool, Nathan! More things I need to figure out how to try!
 

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nice work - I guess that kind of turning is not in my future, the ringmaster keeps me plenty busy
 

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Very nice work Nathan. I like that you take the time to experiment and try different techniques. It certainly pays off for you. I love the BP hollow form with the ebonized finial. The bark inclusion looks great. I've done a few BP bowls and it always pays off to try to work some of the bark into the piece :) I like the BP piece that you dyed too. That looks fantastic!
 

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BTW, do you freehand your orbs or use a template or some sort of ball turner? Just curious because they look SOOOO much better than when I try to turn a ball :)
 

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Great work Nathan.
The sycamore and the oak are my favorite two.
All of them are stunning.
Thanks for sharing.
Jon
 

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Thanks Guys.

Jon, the sycamore piece is my favorite in this lot too. I actually made a lid for the larger one out of Bradford pear, but the color just doesn't look right in contrast to the sycamore so I'll probably make a new one for it one of these days, if I don't give it away before then.

Kenny, I turn the orbs freehand. The largest one that I have turned so far is about 9" across and the smallest is about 1.5". They are not always as perfect as they look but as long as you are not making wood ball bearings :), it doesn't really matter. I started by using one of the YouTuber's technique and got close enough but I usually wound up with an oblong sphere that took a lot more work to get round after parting and rotating it 90°. The trick that I learned from Doc Green is to use a bright light with a narrow beam shining straight down to cast a shadow onto the ways. The higher you hang it, the smaller the shadow. After getting a rough shape, you draw a circle on a piece of paper slightly smaller than the rough shape, place it on the ways beneath the piece and you can make it almost perfectly round by watching the shadow compared to the circle as you remove wood down to the line. I usually have to close the garage door and turn off the overhead lights in the shop to see the shadow well enough. After parting and rotating it 90°, you mostly just have clean up where you parted it off. I then typically sand it to up to about 1000 grit rotating about 45° and sand it again before moving on to the next grit. I turned a couple of cup blocks to hold the pieces after parting it off. I find I can make quick work of sanding with one of these from peachtreeusa.com



I think it was on sale when I bought it.

Another handy device for this is one of these Live Tailstock Chuck Adapter from PSI. This allows me to support the work between cup blocks when rounding the ends, sanding and applying a friction finish.

Docgreenwoodturner.com is a wealth of turning tips. In fact, I simply followed his written description of spindle turning technique when I first started rather that watching YouTube video.
 

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Enjoyed seeing all your wood turning creations
 

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I realized this morning that I forgot to upload some images so I added a few more. I guess I got distracted by the beer.
 

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all beautiful stuff i hope i can do half as good someday.
 

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Thanks Brian and Pottz.
 

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It's great to have a large collection of beautiful images to meander through. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Wow Nathan, that's a lot of cool stuff. I saw a couple when I was at your place, but had no idea you had done that many. BTW, thanks again for the bowl I sent to my nephew.
 

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Thanks Mike and Duck. The bowl I gave you for your nephew, Duck, is the right BP bowl in the 3rd pic of the OP. That piece of BP had some really nice figure which is why I look for forks and crotches on BP trees.
 

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Very, very nice projects! I do like the spheres, they are special to me.
 

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Thanks John. Most people like the spheres for some reason. There is just something about them.
 

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the Spheres are very kewl but my most favorite is pic 2 i think LOL all the turning are GR8 GREAT JOB :<)))) GRATZ TOP 3
 

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Thanks Tony.
 
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