Apples from apple wood, complete with worm holes

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Project by jfk4032 posted 06-06-2015 11:40 AM 1268 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last Summer I received several logs of applewood that had been cut down and sitting on the ground for a while. There were some kind of burrowing bugs still in there after I brought them back to the shop. (the telltale sign of sawdust looking remnants on the floor underneath some of the holes!) When I first had the idea of making these I was trying to find a clean part of the logs to use without the holes, but after cutting out a few blanks it became apparent that it wasn’t going to happen. So, instead I embraced the new thought of accentuating those holes to look like a real apple in the orchard where worms were having their meal. After turning them and before sanding, I used some dental picks to carefully remove as much of the eaten areas out to reveal the tunnels.

I shaped the bottom of the apple to try to look like the round knobs you see on some apple varieties and turned and shaped a piece of black walnut for the stem. I finished them with Doctor’s Woodshop Pens Plus and use the Niles stainless steel stoppers.

EDIT I’m turning another one right now and actually hit through a little critter in there, last picture…it’s been in my shop for over a year now, and haven’t seen a live one in there yet on the other two I turned.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#1 posted 06-06-2015 11:48 AM

Really nice pieces. Beautiful wood.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-06-2015 01:15 PM

These are great! Glad to see you are doing some turning.


-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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#3 posted 06-06-2015 02:26 PM

Those are for apple cider bottles, right? :-) Nice turning Joel.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 06-06-2015 06:42 PM

Great Save!

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#5 posted 06-08-2015 02:47 AM

Pretty stoppers

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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