So I had picked up a nice piece of maple 4×4x8” and a rosewood block 4×8x8”. They are big enough to get these projects done, so I split the rosewood block into two 4×4x8” pieces on the bandsaw.
I have some inexpensive HF turning tools I bought to get started and a few of the easy wood tools with the carbide tips. I had bought the Rikon low speed grinder that was on sale last month, but it as on backorder. It finally came in, so before I got started, I set up the grinder and gave all of the HF tools a once over on the grinder to make sure they were sharp.
Then I roughed out the blanks for all three pieces turning down a small foot on one end so I can chuck them up to drill out the centers. The maple is really dry and it generates more dust and very small shavings. The rosewood is a pleasant surprise as it produced a fairly nice shaving and was just noticeably easier to work with. Here is a pic of all three blanks rounded and ready to go.
After rouging the blanks out, I chucked up the maple piece and set out to shape the first vase. It went fairly quickly and smoothly for the exterior. I had decided to make this a hollow form (which I’ve never done before). I pulled the live center and installed the drill chuck on the tail stock. I chucked up the 1” forstner bit and drilled out the center as deep as I could get it. Then I tried to hollow out as much as I could. I quickly learned that I have the wrong tool for trying to hollow out an item this small. I have the Sorby hollow master (from the Woodcraft sale) and it’s just too large to really get in there and work. So I ended up with a hollow-ish form. There is a definite opened area inside, but the walls are thick and the internal dimensions are definitely not very smooth or even.
But it’s a decorative piece and the part I did get hollowed out makes the opening look nice at least. Here is a shot of the piece after sanding and ready to start the dye process after I finish turning the two rosewood vases.
-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......