Making progress! Going slow, staying sharp. The grain is going all over the place in this piece. Very prone to tool chatter and tearout if a sharp edge isn't kept. Both can be removed in sanding but sanding ruins grain figure depth.
No finish. Wet wood, gouge cut surface. Shear scrape is the "stuff", I'm telling ya. Spraying with water to keep wet while turning. This mitigates movement and micro-cracking. Wood dries fast! Especially pieces with grain like this. Make sure you use an anti corrode on your lathe when you do this, and spray away from the electrics.
Finally getting around, no pun intended, to finishing this American sycamore piece. Had done the outside and had to leave it. About 12" diameter. Gonna be about 3.5" deep. With a 1/2" wall thickness. Has some major bark inclusion/rot that will look beautiful, transected once the shape is defined.
Gonna have to do some CA repair on this one. It's another cool piece that warrants the effort and can sell for enough to warrant the time expenditure.
Was gonna start turning and finally had enough of a problem... A height mismatch in my relationship... with my grinder table. 😂
Took two hours and built a new sharpening station today. Old one was just a plywood on saw horses dealio. This one is at a much more comfortable height, my feet don't trip over the table legs, and it holds all my stuff underneath. I don't have a valentine, but I think I'm in love with this table. 😍❤️ And of course my grinder too, ♥️😀 she's my main squeeze.
I made this as a gift for Valentine’s Day. A hand-turned, cherry jewelry dish with the outside scorched by fire. Shou sugi ban is an ancient Japanese technique that preserves wood by charring it with fire. I like how the reddish-orange color of the wood and flame shaped pattern in the grain compliment the charcoaled outside. Swipe for some detail shots. ➡️
Question: what would you use nail varnish remover, sand paper and @okeeffescompany hand repair cream for in a workshop? If your wondering about the dog, my 8 year old daughter made it to cheer me up...
Started roughing a big ole cherry crotch tonight. 🍒😀 13.5" diameter x 4" height. Excited about this piece. Less of a production piece and more of a fun art adventure. Will turn this green to finish wall thickness. Wood is still wet, was cut in winter, thawed slowly in a can of wet shavings, inside, cool room. Gonna go with a semi live edge on this one.
The gorgeous flame and ripple will be on the bottom inside of the piece and bottom outside. Bottom will be kept as flat a slope as possible, with high walls. Swipe to see what I mean regarding the semi live edge and also to see pree rough blank: There will be parts of the rim cut to shape and parts that stay live.
Big cherry bowl roughed right before dinner. Sealed with wax. Haven't measured it yet, but I'd say it's about 15" diameter x 5" height at the moment. This damn thing could easily crack over night. Have a feeling this is reaction wood.