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My lathe journeys. #6: ...Bowl #5 ... bark on, and a big BONK !

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 12-05-2014 08:33 PM 1668 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: ...Bowl #4 ... getting more practice in Part 6 of My lathe journeys. series Part 7: ... 'nother bowl... natural edge...green...wet... heavy »

Yesterday, while I was waiting for the Tung oil to soak into the last bowl, I spotted a small log that a friend from church had given me. He said it was blackgum and suggested I try turning it while it was still green (freshly cut). So what the heck…. I screwed it to the faceplate and just sorta figured I’d see where it led me.

Well after about two minutes of turning the tool grabbed a bit of bark and this thing popped off the faceplate. It jumped up and BONKED me on the forehead! Just a little blood (which will mean a scab) but no real damage. Luckily it didn’t hit and break my glasses or I really woulda been mad :-). So I re-mounted it and started again.

Since I had decided to give this little piece of gum a go without much forethought, and my camera was in the house, I didn’t take any pictures of the turning process. So here’s the finished product. I’m fairly pleased with how it turned out. It’s about 3” high and just over 5” across. The bark left on gives it a neat touch. And again I only used the Tung oil on this one too.

As usual, comments and critiques are always welcome.
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Todd Swartwood

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#1 posted 12-05-2014 09:43 PM

Live edge is the thing today Joe, I don’t think you could have missed on this one.

Have a great evening Joe, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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Carl W Richardson

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#2 posted 12-06-2014 11:44 AM

Your turning expertise is growing rapidly. BTW, green (wet) wood will sometimes warp and crack during it’s drying process. I’ve only turned about 6 pieces of green wood and 4 have warped or cracked (or both). One was a large maple burl that I turned into a bowl—it didn’t crack but it sure warped. I never bothered to put it back on the lathe because I like the shape after warping.

Too bad you’re not living around “Carlsbadcavernwoodshop” anymore. I’ve been given 3 large pieces of Sweetgum 15-16” dia and 18” long which I would be glad to share with you. I’ve never worked with Sweetgum before but I hear that it is a great wood to turn.

Keep up the good work.

-- Carl W Richardson, Tennessee Woodworker

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JoeinGa

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#3 posted 12-06-2014 01:38 PM

Thanks!
I hear you Carl, this one already is cracked. There’ a very small hair-line crack on the rim, and there’s one on the bottom that you can see in the last pic above. It’s a line running from the center to about 10 o-clock. Not very deep, but definitely there.

And yeah, we really do miss it up there.

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 07-27-2015 04:37 AM

Again, posting on an early one. But I gotta say what I’m thinking before I forget about it. It’s a beautiful piece, Joe. That said, what I have to say is as follows:
1) Rule number 1 is Don’t get blood on the wood.
2) Bark will fly – light touch and keep your tool skewed as close to vertical to prevent catching on the bark, especially if your intent is to keep the bark on. 2B) I have, on meny an occasion, glued busted off bark back in place to avoid a complete design re-do. (Most of what I turn is what I call Live Wood.)
3) Re; What Carl said. Live Wood is, by definition, Wet Wood. See my Peach Bowl. It got my shirt all wet. Same thing there. My intent was to finish turning it after it dried, but, I liked its design input so much that I decided there’e nothing wrong with an inch-thick wall on a big bowl. Speaking of Carl. This “Sweet Gum” of which you speak. Is it a Eucalyptus? I asked someone else here (I think he’s in Australia) about what he referred to as Sweet Gum, and he said it’s not Euc at all, but something else entirely. Now, you’re in NM(?), so, now I’m bewildered.

-- Mark

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JoeinGa

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#5 posted 07-27-2015 08:58 PM

Mark, Luckily no blood got on the wood ,:-)
I have also glued some bark back on with fairly good success.
And Carl is in Tennessee (not NM), used to be my next door neighbor.

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