I didn’t take process shots, but I rough-turned these two over the last week or so from the halves of a single jacaranda log resawed in half. Each was bagged immediately in its own shavings to slow drying and resist checking, though one has checked a bit anyway. Once they’ve dried enough to stop moving, I’ll chuck them up again and turn them back to round, and refine their shapes. I still consider myself in early training-mode, and as such, these are just more training pieces.
Jacaranda is a cheap wood, and I have a truckload of it for free, which makes for great practice wood (and it smells great while turning it, like french fries!). I’m working on getting good enough to deserve expensive, beautiful woods, before a tree full of it happens to fall down somewhere around here (crosses fingers)
The first is the standard natural-edge ‘winged’ bowl:
Jacaranda bark is pretty weak, and I’m still learning, so it’s hard to keep the bark on, especially on the wings:
The tenon on the bottom will be removed when I’m done:
I’m curious about how this wood will take to dyes, stains, and various clear finishes:
I really love the cambium in this wood. I wish the whole wood had such deep coloration:
For the second bowl – turned a few days later – I wanted to try a natural edge bowl with a pedestal. I didn’t turn the stem thin yet, because this softer wood wobbles too much if you go thin with so much weight on the other side. That will be nearly the last operation I perform on this. Too, the freshly-cut wood was completely saturated with water, and after it dries a lot more it will be tremendously lighter. This is the first green wood I’ve turned that continuously sprayed me with a fine mist of water as I worked it. It seems to start sprinkling at around 1500RPMs.
I’m planning to angle the bowl’s walls in a lot more toward the bottom, and round into a thin stem, then flute back out to a flat base about this wide, or a bit less:
I’ve got some tool marks to get rid of. I think the bowl was wobbling a bit on me, or I was rushing:
I mentioned one of the bowls checked a bit. Here it is, sigh…
Closeup of the check (there are actually a few, but the others haven’t opened up):
There are lots of little chips in the bark, but I don’t think they could be helped. You can easily flick pieces away with a finger. I’ve heard wood felled in winter holds its bark a lot better. This fell in the dead of summer. I’m not sure Jacaranda really gets much more solid than it is in my inventory, however.
I have at least one gouge inside to get rid of when I refine the shape. Also, note the check that went clean through to the inside. I’m going to try flowing some CA glue into the crack, see what that does.
I’ve been turning a lot lately, and learning a lot lately, too. More posts soon!
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator