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My lathe journeys. #22: ... Tupelo gum w/ natural edge. This stuff was nice to turn.

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 02-28-2015 05:16 PM 1200 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a piece of the Tupelo gum which was given to me by a friend at church. I asked him if there was another name for this wood and he said some folks call it black gum. The tree doesn’t put off those little burr cones like sweet gum, but it’s in the same family.

This piece was a “half of a log” that I sanded a flat spot on the bark side and mounted it on the lathe. When I started to turn it, I noticed it was off center by a bit. So only one side has any bark left on it.
These first 3 shots were taken in my shop. The rest were taken in the kitchen with better lighting.
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And this is the difference that better lighting can make in taking pictures.

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Those large gouges in this side is where the chainsaw “bounced” against the log when the tree was being cut up into chunks. And because the blank was off center when I turned it I couldn’t take those marks out. If I did, I would have cut into that side of the bowl.
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Thanks for looking. Usual disclaimer about comments and critiques, yada, yada, yada. :-)

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#1 posted 02-28-2015 05:16 PM

Oh yeah, the finish on this is 2 coats of Danish oil, followed by 3 coats of rattle-can lacquer.

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#2 posted 02-28-2015 06:04 PM

Joe your turnings have that beautiful rustic quality to them. They are really nice. Thanks for sharing the finish info, I was wondering how you got things so shiny. I’m like a crow, shiny things peak my interest.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#3 posted 02-28-2015 07:25 PM

Wow, looks great

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 02-28-2015 07:31 PM

Thanks guys!
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#5 posted 02-28-2015 07:49 PM

IMHO the bark on a single side looks great and the chain saw marks add a “story” to the project. Watching Antiques Roadshow on TV, it seems like the appraisers like these extra stories.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#6 posted 02-28-2015 07:55 PM

So Jesse, what you’re saying is that in 200 years or so my bowl MIGHT be worth something?? LOL

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#7 posted 02-28-2015 10:32 PM

You are making very fast progress with your turning. Your statement reminds me that is how I advertise my wooden knives by telling folks that they will be very valuable when I,m dead. Keep showing your turning as we enjoy looking.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#8 posted 03-01-2015 01:50 AM

I like the rough look. I believe sweet gum were some of my first bowls. Good work Joe. Nice wood and nice to work with.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 03-10-2015 06:47 PM

Thanks for sharing Joe. I have recently started turning some Black Gum I will post pics on my blog.

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#10 posted 07-28-2015 08:52 AM

Shiny. I likee.
Or, This piece of OOAK Arte has been valued at $92,000. You can have it for $75, today. Shipped to your door.
Who appraises my work? Bonnie’s Mommy. Bonnie, the girl with the hairy armpits – not Mrs. Joe.

...very valuable when I,m dead.

-- Mark

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