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This September I had the opportunity to host a day long, hands on workshop in my workshop. My friend, Don Geiger, ( http://www.geigerssolutions.com/ ) who is also a Robust lathe dealer brought in 5 lathes, a Stubby, 2 American beauties, a Sweet Sixteen, and a Liberty. We had Rudy Lopez, a very talented wood turner from Tampa teach 6 of us about turning things like this. I had seen Rudy do a demo on this once and later had found this piece of wood and wanted to try my luck, but I couldn't turn it on the lathe I had. This was a perfect opportunity. These lathes are really fine tools. A dream to turn on and operate. American made. And I want one. It was a special day in my workshop that day and this is what I made with Rudy's coaching.

This is spalted pecan about 19" tip to tip and I have turned it to shy of 3/16" thick. Anyone who has done any turning like this can appreciate the amount of air you're turning between the thin wood tips. Keeping that all under control is a challenge. Rudy is a great instructor and does some amazing stuff. His website is: http://www.rudolphlopez.com/portrait.html I encourage you to check out his gallery.





Thanks for checking it out

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unusual and interesting turning Ken. Probably not so easy to turn either. Do did an excellent job on it.
 

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Wow that's one cool turning,looks scary.
 

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that is so beautiful…great job, im making a table right now and am also using spalted pecan, its some beautiful wood, but i really love this turning, i can picture that bowl full of salsa and the platter with chips… so is the turning here for rent or to use for a party….lol….i would love one of these…good turning ken…really good.
 

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Looks like a challenge to me, we used to call them opportunities ;0) Could be a hand/finger catcher. Did you have a problem getting caught? Great looking project and a great looking bowl!

Thanks for sharing Doc
 

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Ken Well done!!! It is always good to be turning with a group of friends and have a pro around to give that little bit of advice now and then. Again well done Regards Tamboti
 

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Very nice. Love it!
 

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Nice job

Lee
 

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I LIKE IT :)
must have been one big exiting and scary journey to make this piece

is that your cave we see from abowe … if so …. how do get time to go to your work ...LOL

take care
Dennis
 

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Way out there Ken.
That must have been a gas to turn.
If you're not having fun… you're doing it wrong.
 

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Awesome, unique piece. First one I've seen like this. Thanks.
 

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Pretty piece. I'm sure it required quite some focus not to smack a finger or two.
 

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Nice, I'm sorry to have missed this event.
Although recent experiences with spalted wood might have made having a spinning chunk this large a little worrisome.
 

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Ken, that is a very cool turning!! I just got interested in turning crotch wood from a demo at our last guild meeting. the demonstrator turned heart shaped bowls from a crotch. They are amazing pieces as is yours.
You sure have to be alert with those corners flying around.
WOW, what a nice workshop, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for posting!!
 

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That is a great piece.
Like the others have said, that would really be a challenge to turn.
I'm impressed.
It is good to see people who follow their fathers footsteps, and especially when they are here in Central FL.
 

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Beautiful work! I love this
 
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