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A friend and neighbor gave me a chunk of Russian olive that he glued up from pieces he got from a lightning-struck tree. I turned it into a bowl. Took quite a bit of CA to fix the checks. Finished by sanding with 60, 120, 180, and 220 then oiling it with BLO, then four coats of shellac and BLO on the lathe, then sanded it back a little with some 800 grit wet-dry, then a couple more coats of shellac padded on by hand.

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That's gorgeous
 

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Thanks, Don! It was a pretty chunk of wood, and all I did was not screw it up. Much.
 

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Nice turning Dave, great grain pattern. You weren't kidding about a project while letting the finish dry for the plane swap
 

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Nice save - some serious grain patterns
 

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I like the shape of this bowl, the concave sides are very attractive. Nice work.
 

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Доброе утро, Дэвид,
Поздравляю с очень красивой миской для оливок
 

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Thanks, Eric! There's a birdhouse that will probably get done tomorrow too.

Thanks, Dick! Every bit of Russian olive I've dealt with has been brittle, so I figured this one was going to challenge me too,

Thanks, Tom! I thought the shape would help show off the grain.

Thanks, Jon!

спасибо, Роберт!
 

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I love Russian Olive, I got a bunch from a coworker a few years ago. Tough stuff, but looks great. It also dries out and moves in strange ways sometimes too, if turned green
 

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sweet bowl dave you may nudge me too get turning again,ive got a hunk of cook woods walnut on the lathe for about 3 weeks now,just been busy with other projects.damn real life keeps getting in the way-lol.
 

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Mighty fine bowl Dave the wood is beautiful.
 

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Thanks, Mos! It's not too bad to work, but this was bone dry, and I hope it's done moving.

Thanks, Pottz. Just trying to make sure I remember what round is. ;-)

Thanks, Oldrivers! Shame I don't have access to more of it.
 

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I've got a few that I turned relatively wet, probably around 50-60%. It didn't crack of anything, but there were some pretty distinct and sharp undulation points in it when it dried out. It was just really weird how sharp and defined they were. I thought it was awesome lol
 

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Ok. Back in MN I had a couple sources for Russian olive, but here, not so much. It's around, but it's pretty much all in people's yards, and I don't know as many people yet.
 

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Nice, have to keep my eye's open, around here they only live bout 10, 12 years an the neighbors is about 8 years old!
 

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Thanks, Andre. That's about what I remembered from Minnesota, too. Though ours were still looking good at almost 20, when I was growing up.
 

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Having the blank built from smaller pieces really gives a neat "dimension" to the patterns, I hope you enjoyed the wonderful aroma! 8^)

Every few years around here they allow us wood cutters into the bosque around the river to clear out the salt cedars and russian olives. I have a reasonably sized stash of olive planks from the last harvest, beautiful wood that fills the color gap between walnut and cherry. The aroma is, well, disgusting.

Stable enough, but rather splintery and can have hidden cracks.

Make a goblet for gin and you have a sort-of pre garnished martini!

more fine work Dave!
 

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Thanks, Splint! My neighbor said he pieced it together out of some of the bigger chunks from the tree. Apparently it pretty much exploded when the lightning hit it. It was so dry that the aroma wasn't too intense. I spent most of my time worrying it would come apart and dribbling thin CA into the cracks that started to open as I was turning it.

I've worked some salt cedar, too. Pretty ray-flecking in that, kinda like quarter-sawn sycamore. I think I have a chunk of salt cedar that I bought from AZWoody back before we moved that I'm still trying to find a use for. Might have to look into making a plate from a chunk of that at some point.
 

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Nice bowl Dave.

Salt cedar grows up and down the Rio Grande and Pecos rivers, more so to the south. It wouldn't be hard to find out where they are thinning it and get you some probably for free.
 

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Great job on that one Dave looks awsome.
 
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