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Today I got a chance to go out in my shop and turn some wet Silver Poplar. Some times I like to turn fresh green cut thin and let it move all over. As long as the piece is an even thickness I don't have to worry about any checking or cracking. After a couple of days it stops the remainder of its movement and they sell good at craft shows. This one is only 14 by 7 inches. I will probably start another big one next weekend I have alot of fresh poplar to use.

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cool bowl
 

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Nice turning, did it move already? When do they start, as soon as yoiu turn?
 

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Dale, this is a great looking bowl. I like the effect the movement has on the finished bowl.

Nice Job!

Thanks for posting it.
 

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i've been watching it now for 2 hrs. and i haven't seen any movement yet… :eek:)

it looks great
 

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One of my favorite things is turning green wood. That is a beautiful bowl, nice job.

Paul that is really funny!!!
 

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I love the look of out of shape and twisted bowls
nice wood too
what technique do you use to get the walls really thin?

haha whitedog
 

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Beautiful turning. I've never tried that. Looks cool.
 

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Turning wet can be really fun. I enjoy letting the pieces "move" as well, it gives it a lot of character, especially something like a thin stemmed goblet and bowls too. Did you wait for the bowl to dry before finishing? I'm assuming so.
 

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The green wood turnings start moving on the lathe as you work them. This one moved about a full inch before it was taken off the lathe.

I get them very thin by shinning a light through the turning wall and looking for a uniform light penitration.

The finish was applied before it was compleately dry. I use laquer thined with laquer thinner. When the turning is this thin it penitrates compleatly through the cellious structure of the wood. The wood continues to move and dry.

Paul, I am glad you enjoyed it enough to watch it for two hours. Kind of like watching paint dry.

Hope I answered all your questions.
 

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If it's moving on the lathe, how do you keep it from moving into your tool and making a cut where you don't want or maybe putting a hole in it?
 

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As you remove mass from the inside of the piece you start at the rim and work an area about 2 inches in compleately finishing all your cuts to the final wall thickness. You then continue the process never going back to the portion you compleated as it has already moved.
 

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Thanks for the "secrets of the trade" :))
 

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I was actually there when Dale turned this bowl and watched it move and actually almost fully dry on the lathe. Unreal.
 
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