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It's Onion Soup in Italian. But, you knew that.
Made of awe the heck with that. I'll lift the description from my website.

This bit of Peach Wood is end-turned. It was horrifically checked, meaning it had cracks radiating from the center - the pith. Some turners swear by the axiom that any cracked piece of wood should be dispatched to the rubbish heap. I'm not one of those. It's a stretch, sometimes, to divine a way to stabilize such a piece of what is usually considered too dangerous to lay sharp steel to at hundreds of RPM. There are two, at current count, reasons this is a good thing. 1)It's a wonderful exercise for the imagination - a thinking-outside-the-box, off-the-charts, methodology, and; B)Look at what one can do with a little bit of teasing-the-fates tomfoolery. I cheated death and injury and learned a new way to shore up a piece of cracked wood. I've never seen this attempted by anyone else, so I'm thinking of filing for a patent for the process.

Please be kind. I'm fragile.

Man up. You're a Woodsmith, doggone ya. There's no sniveling in Woodsmithery>

(Voices in my head.)

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's far too dark to read. You may quote me.

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This looks incredible with this in the middle. I like this cracked wood look.
 

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Great save on a beautiful piece of wood Mark.
Also an excellent job of thinking outside the square, or Round in this case.
It goes to show that nothing is totally useless.

Bob.
 

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Nice save Mark and a great finished project. Others who have tried this method have either passed away from injury or given up. Like you every piece of wood has a purpose and only becomes firewood when nothing succeeds. Well done, I like the shape and the wood.
 

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Scary stuff!

Looks great though,
To me I would say its the front end of a Jet engine after suffering a compressor failure.
So how did you do it? attach a REP band around the outside ?
Or used a remote control arm and hid under the bench!

I certainly would not spin my grinder up if the stone looked like that!
 

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That definitely took some ingenuity and guts. Nice work, Mark!
 

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Giving credit for not giving up. Fine work on keeping it all together.
 

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Beautiful bowl. Did you just force slices of wood into the cracks? Or did you try to cut the cracks so the splits would be a more uniform width? I have some pecan that has similar cracking and in the past I've done the superglue and sawdust trick, but I like the looks of your fix better !
 

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I am not a Turner, but I have heard of the dangers turning cracked wood, and you are thinking of patenting your process so I guess it is safe to assume that it does not involve suits of armor or Kevlar. Whatever it is I admire your results - this is a beautiful bowl. If you need any more cracked wood to test your process, I am ready to stage another commando raid on my sister's wood pile. :)
Thanks for sharing, good luck in fine tuning your turning process, and take care.
 

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Now, look what you have gone and done, you woke up the editor with this beautiful bowl.
 

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Great result Mark :)
Pete
 

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Well done Mark. Too bad your pics are a bit dark.
 

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Six saw kerfs on the tablesaw, carefully calculated to overlap each other at regular intervals, stopping short of the center of the blank, which was considerably thicker than the finished piece. This was done by clamping the blank, which was already mostly round, into my biggest handscrew clamp. the clamp stood on end, straddling the blank and rode the fence. Move the fence out to the predetermined distance for the next and do it again, after un-clamping and rolling the blank to the next position. This is done six times, making a kerf that goes 1/6 of the way around the blank. I then re-sawed six "shims" of Ambrosia maple to fit the kerfs and glued them in with a couple of clamps, as you see in the last couple of photos. So you see, the cracks, which were all radial, got bridge by the Maple. It wasn't easy to turn - I mebees should have used two species of a more similar hardness. Because, of course you know that when your tool goes through a softer wood and encounters a harder wood, it has the effect of causing a bounce, so a light touch and a sharp tool are mandatory. It's about like dealing with a crack that's been filled with epoxy, or CA and ground stone or shell. As to the hazards of coming apart under the centrifugal force, there was no danger of that. The bouncing was a nuisance, but, that's all.
Charles: Ingenuity, yes. Guts? Re-read that last sentence.
John, that "firewood pile". They're beasts, I say. Monsters.
Don: Who's the editor whose cage I have rattled?
Pete: Thank you very much.
And GMan: A dark photo hideth a multitude of sins.
And to all: Rule #1: Don't get blood on the wood.

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
 

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I love the outcome. I had some osage orange that had star shapes in it like that, but it came apart on all the lines when I cranked it up. You tested fate and won!! Good going, Mark. You only go around once so you have to try all things for outcomes!!

Cheers, JIm
 

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Beautiful job, Mark, and obvious creative thinking.

I'm just wondering… what do you do to your neighbors' trees at night that make it so you always seem to have an ample supply of neighborhood fruitwood? :)
 

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A termite-infested Peach tree was removed around the block several months ago. The mited had only made it about five feet up the trunk. What I got was strictly above that level. It's a shame. I'd love to have gotten some of that big, fat trunk.
Thanks for the idea, though, Brent. It's pretty vague though. Can you be be more particular as to what I may be able to do to add to my Live Wood Collection? There's a Walnut tree up the street I'm waiting patiently for. You're saying you know a way I may hasten it's arrival at my woodpile?
(Before anyone thinks otherwise, I'm being fee-see-shus. (That's one of very few words I have no clue how it's spelt. In my up-bring ging, it meant one was being silly. A poltroon, of sorts.)
 
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