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Project by Mark Wilson posted 07-15-2015 11:55 PM 1161 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My very first Tri-Corn Turning. It’s @ 4.5”P-P and 2.5” Tall, made of the Mulberry it’s sitting on in the photos. Finished with Howard’s Feed and Wax and Paste wax to make it smooth where anyone’s likely to put fingers. I’m really surprised at how well this turned out. It was one of those things that called on a suspension of disbelief. That is, throughout the process, I kept reminding myself that it’s okay if it doesn’t work out. I’m learning something new . I started out intending a ball-inside, hollow form with a cap/finial. That’s been done to death. What, then, shall I do? A candleholder? Nay, nay. This is a true Objet de Art. Not a Candleholder. Do try to keep up. ...

-- Mark





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#1 posted 07-16-2015 12:09 AM

Very good. And what happened with the chip in the top bowl?

-- 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 karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#2 posted 07-16-2015 12:33 AM

It’s somewhere under a pile of shavings, I suppose. I thought that if we don’t point out the flaws, no one would notice them? So they say. What do they know?

-- Mark

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#3 posted 07-16-2015 12:35 AM

Thanks for the word. It means a lot to me. I posted this literally minutes before you saw it and commented on it. (This Innernetweb, huh?) What a marvel.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 07-16-2015 12:55 AM

Good one Mark & original as well.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 07-16-2015 01:10 AM

Hey Mark, nice job on this “Bird Drop” Tree What does that mean??? These trees grow everywhere here in Indiana, especially around abandoned houses and fence rows. In a couple of years, they can eradicate a chain link fence system, I have actually seen them pull a fence post out of the ground, with a big hunk of concrete on the bottom. Another thing, Birds love Mulberries, Birds poop a lot, The reason for a lot of the trees growing around fence rows and abandoned houses. I have watched Robins in a Mulberry tree, gorging themselves to the point that they can hardly fly, but somehow, they make it across the 100’ frontage of my property and release a big purple hand grenade right on my freshly waxed car. You need to remove this quickly, as there is enough acid in it to eat the paint away if left unattended. Guess that you could say that I am not fond of Mulberry trees. The yellow wood is nice, but a better sub. for yellow, would be black Locust. Mulberry always seems to have a lot of hidden checks .

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#6 posted 07-16-2015 01:19 AM

But Mulberries make some great jam. As long as your ignore pulling out the stems. Also make a great syrup over ice cream.

-- 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 karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#7 posted 07-16-2015 01:38 AM

Oh Man,
Those ‘Tri-points” are a lot of fun, I spent hours trying to make my head believe that this was done from a cube before I made my first one. Then it all came to me and away I went.
Love the colours in Mulberry wood.
And I love Mulberries as well.
Thanks for sharing this.

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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#8 posted 07-16-2015 03:19 AM

I am not a turner but I can appreciate the challenge this pieceg ave you it turned out very attractive .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#9 posted 07-16-2015 04:26 AM

I know nothing about mulberries. Or hoe messy their trees are. I only know that I got something special when my neighbor got tired of the expense of yearly trimmings, and had it removed. (It was non-fruit-bearing.)
Don – the high contrast heart-/sap-wood is what has me really excited about this species. I have some slabs and logs just screaming to be unleashed.
Bob – Amazingly, I had this thing between centers, with the point of a spur chuck in one corner and the opposite corner jammed into the opening of a live-center, point removed, and it never fell out all the while I turned the outside. (My tools, having just prior to this, been completely un-sharpened on the plywood vase, were good and keen when I got on this. Otherwise????) So, yeah, it’s a mind-bender. Once I saw a picture of one on a lathe (that’s all), I at least had an idea of how to mount it. It took a video or two to find out what’s next. Well, as it turns out, what’s next is to somehoe get a chuckable tenon on the bottom without losing it.
Kiefer – thanks. Throw a piece of wood on a lathe sometime and see if you don’t get addicted.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 07-16-2015 04:41 AM

A hearty thank to my inspiration for this Piece: Master Bob, again.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 07-16-2015 08:02 AM

You’re welcome Mark, but it wasn’t my idea.
I have to thank an LJ for it. Sorry, I cannot remember who.

Cheers

-- 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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#12 posted 07-16-2015 08:49 AM

You’re a vessel, Bob. A real good vessel. I didn’t mean to imply that I thought you invented it (that would be something - to know the inventor of a thing or a concept). There is something to be said for passing along. And for that I give you credit. Sometimes, I see something amazing – a sunset, for instance – and I think I’m telling no one about this - it’s all mine. That is the opposite of what I’m describing here.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 07-16-2015 11:42 AM

Hey Mark, Congrats on a daily top three, this piece deserves one, wonder what it would look like in Cherry or Curly Maple??

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#14 posted 07-16-2015 10:34 PM

Well, look at me, all growed up. (Smiley Face here) I never clicked that button up there before. I scratched my head when you mentioned it. Now, how’d it get there?
I’ve got lots of this Mulberry, as well as lots of Jacaranda, Myrtle, some Sycamore, Peach, Eucalyptus, Podacarpus, some Chinese Elm, etc. Now that I know I can make square blocks, very little of this (mostly) cracked up wood has something useful in it. That’s the important part of this experience – I had simply not thought much about going between and around the cracks, and filling the ones I can’t get between or around with epoxy. Wood stabilizer I haven’t tried yet. But it’s on the docket.
Cherry and Curly Maple I have none, and they’re expensive.

-- Mark

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