|Project by Nathan H.||posted 10-30-2014 01:00 PM||894 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
About a month ago my good friend and coworker Andy gave me some short black walnut logs he had cut up from his pastor’s back yard. They weren’t very big but they had me all excited because i have been toying with the idea of bowl turning for awhile now, and i thought these would give a great starting point.
The 1st one was turned last weekend and given as a gift to my neighbor, who about 6 months ago gave me a full sized drill press out of the blue, just because he had an extra. I had told myself then that if i ever started making bowls he would get the first, in thanks for such a gracious act. This was turned from the only piece of crotch wood in the bunch and made for some very cool pattering in the wood.
The second and third ones I turned last night and are gifts to my coworker and his pastor, in thanks for the beautiful wood and the opportunity to experiment with some things without a price tag attached.
All 3 were rough turned green, dried for 30 minutes in the microwave on 30% power, and finished turned the same day. I finished them using Mylands friction polish, but i am open to other suggestions as this was rather difficult to do. All three of them are really small and trying to apply the friction for the polish right up next to the cole jaws was a bit hairy.
All in all it has been a fun experience and I look forward to doing lots more of these in the future.
-- - Nathan H., Iowa