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Leucadendron argenteum- Silver tree off centre Bowl

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Project by BobWemm posted 03-24-2015 02:10 AM 1161 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a bit of fun with this bowl, firstly the wood was quite soft and not having the means to stabilise it I needed to use lots of thin CA.
The crotch log was purchased from South Australia, split lengthways and then turned.
The piece was sanded to 400 grit and then sprayed with Krylon Clear Varnish. I lost track of how many coats.
The bowl measures 10.5in x 7.5in x 2.75in tall.
The other half is on it’s way to Hawaii, I developed a reaction to this wood dust. Leucadendron is from the Protea family, and I have a severe allergy to Grevillea which is also from that same family.
I hope Steve has no problem with it.
Thanks for looking and I hope you like it.
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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aussiedave

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#1 posted 03-24-2015 04:07 AM

Looks great Bob nice looking wood to. Did you get much vibration turning that as I am guessing it is an off centre turning project.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#2 posted 03-24-2015 04:27 AM

Very nice Bob. I would say you have a great souvenir from the dust reaction. The wood does have some nice looks to it so I guess it was worth the effort for you. I tried this once and it was a disaster. Waiting for the next time to try it again.

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

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robscastle

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#3 posted 03-24-2015 04:34 AM

Well looks like I will have to go look up the wood data base for a description.

Its got the tell tale Oak fleck/birdseye showing so I am guessing its of the same/similar genus

It certainly has some great features, off center you say? so I gues you are refering to the “wings”

How was that done? attach a counter weight temporarly?

You have produced a brilliant sheen finish, now the reaction what were the symptoms eyes skin or lungs?

I do like it but I am not sure how its going to perform in the surf!!

and Hey I see aussiedave as well !! pip pip.

And wait there is more ,,,,,,,did you see the bowl Bill posted its huge! and his wood pile is worth a check out too!

-- Regards Robert

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robscastle

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#4 posted 03-24-2015 05:03 AM

Well its certainly nota member of the Oak family and its far from it
Its a unusual piece of wood along with its equally unusual apperance as a living tree.
Well worth a look at,... as its name applies its silver in appearance and sometimes refered to as a chrome tree.
A very lucky aquisition I must say.

-- Regards Robert

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BobWemm

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#5 posted 03-24-2015 06:55 AM

Thanks Dave and Dave.
Rob, – Yes, off-centre for the wings, and the wood was so light it was not necessary to counter balance it.
My reaction this time was skin rash and small blisters, but the Grevilllea is much worse, and each time that compounds, skin, eyes and lungs, so I have to be VERY careful with Grevillea.

I hadn’t seen Bill’s bowl until I just went and had a look. Man, that is awesome, and I wouldn’t mind his wood pile 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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#6 posted 03-24-2015 09:57 AM

Great looking job there Bob, it inspires me to try a piece in this style. I have a piece of wood that I’ve been looking at in my yard for a few months now, wondering just what it wants to be so I think a part of it could be suitable for this kind of project. ;-)

Keith.

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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#7 posted 03-24-2015 10:03 AM

Bob,
unusual and beautiful piece of well-turned wood.
Echoes of a Scottish Quaich.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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Ronald G Campbell

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#8 posted 03-24-2015 11:43 AM

Bob great looking bowl

-- Ron Campbell https://www.facebook.com/ronald.g.campbell

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#9 posted 03-24-2015 06:41 PM

Looks Great Bob!
I hope the reaction you had from the dust is not too serious or a lasting one. Some wood dust can cause problems for sure! It does for me. Nice work nevertheless!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#10 posted 03-24-2015 08:17 PM

Very nice, Bob. That give me an idea for some of the same!! I like it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 03-24-2015 11:13 PM

Thanks for the comments Guys,
Tony, this was not as bad as the Grevillea reaction that I get. All OK now.

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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woodshaver (Tony)

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#12 posted 03-24-2015 11:41 PM

Glad to hear the reaction wasn’t that bad Bob! Some Walnut dust gave me a sore throat for a while not long ago, now I use a mask when ever it sand anything! Keep up the good work! Love that little bowl !

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#13 posted 03-25-2015 02:29 AM

Bob, I had a look at the specie
shttp://www.plantzafrica.com/plantklm/leucadadendronargent.htm
seems it is one of Sth Africa’s rarest species
Looks like you had a bit of an arm wrestle with this one & after the read I can understand why.
well done mate
(we might see you guys in the Cricket final IF you can win your next match, nothing like a Kiwi / Aussie stouch :: ))

Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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BobWemm

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#14 posted 03-25-2015 04:02 AM

Hi Pete,

I really hope the best two teams play off in the final. But I think you guys are gonna win.

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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