Some of My Wood turnings

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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 10-13-2006 12:38 PM 3363 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you like to complete a woodworking project in a hurry from start to finish, wood turning is the way to go. You can mount a chunk of wood on your lathe , & in a matter of an hour or two, you’ve got a completed work of natures beauty. Most of the time when I start a lathe project. I don’t really know what the end product will be. It depends on what the wood character is when its been rounded off. I just put the chisels to it, & turn whatever comes from my mind. By the way the White oak vases are actually candle holders for those large candles, but Barb likes to display flowers on them.
I bought my Old Craftsman lathe about 40 years ago. We were sitting at the supper table one evening, & my wife said she had visited a friend that day. Her friend said that her husband was going to sell his lathe. I asked what he wanted for it, & she said $20. I immediately excused myself from the table, & went to look at the lathe. He even threw in the chisels for that price.
As cheap as I got this tool it was still kind of hard on the pocketbook, because my income wasn’t that great at the time.

I’ve always preferred a satin finish on my turnings, because I think a high gloss distracts the beauty, & character of the wood grain.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#1 posted 10-15-2006 04:54 AM


They are all beautiful!!! I do love woodturning.


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#2 posted 10-17-2006 08:10 PM

Thanks Dick! What can you tell me about Cyprus wood. Is it naturally that dark? Is it soft like bass wood? Does it carve like Bass wood? Where do you get it?

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#3 posted 10-18-2006 06:46 PM

Thanks for your interest. You helped me find a mistake I made in the spelling of “Cypress”.

I got some Cypress boards from a shed that was raised at a Mushroom growing operation.

The Cypress was used in for planting bed shelves in the growth chambers.

Cypress has a high resistance to decay, even better than cedar.

I did some relief carvings, & I liked it very much. When I laminated it with Basswood for wood turning. I had the problem of the dark wood filling in some of the pores of the Basswood when I sanded it. I don’t remember what I did to remedy the problem.

Click on this sight to learn more about Cypress.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 12-04-2006 02:08 AM

The Cypress wood that you used is a lot darker than the cypress that I bought. If you look at the map on the link that you provided I’m at the northern edge in Delaware. The local sawmills north of me don’t get any Cypress, but some south of me have it. We also have a state park called Bald Cypress park and its about 10 miles south of me. I found some Cypress at a sawmill that closed down about 5 years ago because of OSHA requirements. (Sawmilling is a dangerous business). He had about 2000 bd ft of cypress cut and stacked. I bought some for some of my outdoor projects. The wood has a color about the same as pine. In fact I have a couple boards that I think were pine because they didn’t have the oily feel to it that is present in Cypress. It was used in Delaware in the 1700 for shingles and I would guess siding.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 04-15-2007 12:24 AM

Great items Dick. I’m glad I came across this post. I’m trying to get through all the posts so I am caught up.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 04-15-2007 12:58 AM

Thanks Wayne
It’s people like you that are knocking the rust off of these old postings.

When I posted these turnings, I bundled them together, because I didn’t want to be too intrusive. there weren’t many projects at the time, & I didn’t want to be a hog. It would be nice to show them singly for a larger image.
I think the reason my Cypress is darker, it could be from the soil, & horse manure on the mushroom growing shelves.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 04-29-2007 03:49 PM

I’m sorry, Dick…I can’t keep up with all these postings. Those are great! You are very skilled in all aspects of woodworking.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 11-16-2007 04:13 PM

Very nice Dick Kind of overwhelming when you look at them all togeher, there’s a lot of work there, even if they only took you an hour or 2 I don’t remember to many projects only taking me that long from start to finish. Of course you’ve had a lot of years on me. Where was it that I saw these posted, and I asked you if it was the same Dick Cain. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 04-05-2010 04:03 PM

I agree, Dick. The great thing about turning is the ability to go from start to finish in a short period of time.

These are beautiful.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 04-05-2010 04:30 PM


It’s very disappointing when a beautiful turning blows up on you,

when you’re almost done with it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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