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Spalted (maple?) hollow form

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Project by mileskimball posted 10-13-2014 01:39 PM 741 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Scored some logs after a storm in Dallas, including the one that yielded this. There were so many different kinds of trees in the pile that I’m not sure which tree this log came from – but I think it was a maple.

Very punky in the middle, so I had to make the hole bigger than I like, but it has a nice balance to it. It’s rounded off completely on the bottom, so I left the bottom wall thickness at about 5/8 inch to give it some ballast. It sits very nicely.

The finish is tried-and-true shellac (three coats) plus paste wax. This gives it a nice satin sheen (I hate the plastic look!).

The hat is for scale.

-- Miles





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mmh

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#1 posted 10-13-2014 01:45 PM

Very nice turning. I like the simple organic curve as it’s rustic and elegant.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 10-14-2014 12:11 PM

Very nice work. I am a fellow turner and can appreciate the skill it takes to create a vessel such as this. Just a thought, the wood may be “ASH” either green or black ash. I turned some ash logs that I got from a few sources, some was creamy white similar to maple except for the darker cathedral graining. Other bowls were darker with a wilder grain near the middle of the log, similar to what you have here, not exactly though.
JOHN

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John

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#3 posted 10-14-2014 12:34 PM

Good thought, and thanks for the suggestion! But I’m pretty sure it’s not ash. A few weeks ago I turned a bowl from an ash tree down the street – my biggest ever, at about 9” deep and 18” across. It was pretty different from this mystery wood. Ash has large pores and a higher contrast between late and early wood in the rings – more like a pale version of oak, but not as pale as the smooth-grained mystery wood. (The vessel looks a little yellower after finishing because of the shellac.)

This was a pretty tricky turn – my biggest hollow form to date. I’m finding that I go back and forth from small stuff to big stuff – next I’ll be working on some ring boxes!

Miles

-- Miles

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#4 posted 10-14-2014 12:58 PM

I also have to change it up, I have been turning for 2 weeks straight getting ready for a craft show, it’s time to build some furniture for awhile. I go back and forth on my favorite power machine in the shop, Table Saw and Lathe. Have a good one
John

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John

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