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Mulberry. "Warts and All" series.

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Project by BobWemm posted 08-26-2014 01:24 AM 1510 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was given a small Mulberry tree around Christmas last year. The tree had been ripped from the ground at a building site and had been laying on the road verge for a couple of months. There were numerous splits and checks, so I chopped it up as best I could and rough turned these bowls on 2.2.14 and packed them away in a box of shavings to dry.

About two weeks ago I got them out and completed the turning process. That was a bit “SCARY” but I managed to survive. They are all sanded to 400 and finished with a spray can Lacquer.

The sizes of each piece are on the individual photograph.

Hope you like them.
As usual, C & C welcome.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 08-26-2014 01:30 AM

Very scary indeed. Well worth the effort. They look like art work.

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

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 08-26-2014 01:52 AM

Your efforts paid off as usual Bob, they are all great looking! I can understand why you said it was “scary”. Love the wood too!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 08-26-2014 02:01 AM

Bloody brilliant Bob, scary turning alright but the results were well worth it. Really like pic 1 and that it held together for you. Nice finish on them all, thanks for sharing.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 08-26-2014 03:19 AM

Very nice work!

-- "The Cedar King"

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#5 posted 08-26-2014 04:45 AM

Nice gutsy work. If I tried that I would be picking everything from splinters to chunks out of my old body. That would be like turning a hand grenade.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#6 posted 08-26-2014 07:08 AM

Wow Bob you certainly obtained some very interesting results.

You must have some very sharp turning tools.

Good skillful work

-- Regards Robert

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#7 posted 08-26-2014 10:48 AM

Beautiful! The second one reminds me of a salmon, or something from The Nightmare before Christmas! Glad you came through these turnings unscathed! Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 08-26-2014 12:41 PM

This wood was to go to your hands only. The rest of us would not have been able to turn it with out it going to pieces.

Great job and thanks for showing.

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James www.etsy.com/shop/ZionsWoodnCrafts

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#9 posted 08-26-2014 01:04 PM

Hey Bob! have you updated your health and accident insurance lately??? These pieces are insane, but definitely in the art class, head of the class I might add. They have a nice warm glow about them. Great work here mate. If I was to pick a winner, the last photo would do it for me.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#10 posted 08-26-2014 01:09 PM

Thank you for the feedback.
Accident insurance is right up to date.
They were a lot of fun.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#11 posted 08-26-2014 02:16 PM

Very cool pieces, Bob :)

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoshCarteArt

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#12 posted 08-26-2014 04:31 PM

Great Work! These are so awesome! I love mulberry so much – it has some of the best grain and character, and smells so good when working.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#13 posted 08-26-2014 08:57 PM

Great turnings, their is a lot of air in those bowls.

-- Tom D

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#14 posted 08-27-2014 02:03 AM

Not very waterproof either!!!!!!!!!.

Bob

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#15 posted 07-09-2015 06:59 PM

Some people say, “Throw that out. It’s too dangerous to turn.” Poppycock.

This is Peach. It was soaking wet, fresh off the tree. Yes, the checking was there when I turned it.
Sanded to 320, Micro Meshed to the limit (12000), and Bess-Waxed.

-- Mark

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