Along with scavenging for lumber – we are scavenging for turning blanks. We should probably post a little more on this subject as we are planning to do a ton of turning work this year. Our lathe upgrades are moving along we have the new 3HP 3phase motor and frequency drive, lots of new chucks, the bowl coring rig and hollowing tool cage is on order. We’re designing a new outrigger setup, etc.
SO – we’re starting a full force collection of materials to turn! We’ve picked up walnut, spalted maple, spalted beech, spalted cherry, osage orange, mulberry, looking for some cedar root balls.
Here’s a few images of local finds. These are mostly crotches, burls, and other cut outs from spalted logs. We’ll see what we get as time “turns” ... remember this is mostly found materials. We are buying a few logs here and there but the vast majority of this material is being picked up for FREE.
Scavenging and bartering is a woodworkers mainstay if you do it right. We gather supplies all over the place for unique projects. Wood turning can be done without sophisticated expensive milling equipment. All you need is a chainsaw, a bandsaw, and a lathe. Help a neighbor with a tree cleanup and you can end up with tons of great turning materials. Especially if you find trees that have spalt in them or unique mineral stains.
This is the root ball from our heirlom spalted copper beech – my grandmother’s tree. This was the final straw, I ordered the One-Way EZ Core setup today. I can’t waste this. I hope to get at least three bowls out of it.
This – this is found in our back yard a fallen cherry tree. We’ll be cutting up more of it ASAP! Probably this weekend! This unique blank became the turning below. We’re thin walling it out and we’ll finish sand it this weekend and let it sit and warp from there before finishing.
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com