So, I got a little log of Jacaranda off the shelf, intending to make a long-stemmed goblet, with an eccentric stem.
That was my plan. From the get-go. I’ve made goblets. I’ve made a few eccentric turnings. But I’ve never joined the two.
I mounted between centers and began rounding and shaping. I’m in love with this Jacaranda – look at the activity in there.
I determined that what I wanted was a snifter-sort-of-a-shape.
I found intuitively that it’s wise to do all the work you can, far from the headstock, before making anything thin. Anything. More on that later.
It’s later, now. What do you think happens when you think you have the bowl portion done, and, find there’s just a little more turning that needs to be done on the outside of the bowl portion – the base thereof, specifically? A gash in the polished up, so-called finished bowl portion.
So, now, there’s a big gash that has to be turned – t’s too deep to sand out – from the outside of the bowl portion, which has a roughly 3/32: thick wall. Can you say “Chatter”. Yeah. Chatter sands out, if you sand long enough.
No worse for wear.
Now to define the neck, finish it, and leave it the heck alone.
Now, I don’t know how others do this.
Maybe they have those fancy-pants eccentric chucks. I do not. I have a little magnet.
I’m starting to see what’s coming of this. And, I’m starting to feel good about it. Doing a not-bad job, so to speak. Here’s a rerun of the previous picture. I have a destination mind. I’ve reached the point where I stand back, holding my right elbow in my left hand with the tool pointing up. The piece is spinning. I’m thinking. Where to put the next cut?
Well, how about right there? (The voice in my head.)
My arm gets lowered, the tool makes contact with the aforementioned bowl potion – just a little bit, just touched it – and I walk several feet to my left to retrieve what’s left from the floor.
I had it. I really had it.
So, I get out of bed today, go to my email, and find a notification that GCIMark has posted a new project. It’s a long-stemmed goblet that he describes as his first without an eccentric stem. So he’s exactly like me. Only absolutely the opposite.
Now I go to post today’s Project, The One That Didn’t Get Away.