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Project by bigwoodturner posted 1872 days ago 1214 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I got a chance to go out in my shop and turn some wet Silver Poplar. Some times I like to turn fresh green cut thin and let it move all over. As long as the piece is an even thickness I don’t have to worry about any checking or cracking. After a couple of days it stops the remainder of its movement and they sell good at craft shows. This one is only 14 by 7 inches. I will probably start another big one next weekend I have alot of fresh poplar to use.

-- Dale





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1872 days ago

cool bowl

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#2 posted 1872 days ago

Sweet looking bowl.

-- Dan Wiggins

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 1872 days ago

Nice turning, did it move already? When do they start, as soon as yoiu turn?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Woodhacker

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#4 posted 1872 days ago

Dale, this is a great looking bowl. I like the effect the movement has on the finished bowl.

Nice Job!

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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whitedog

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#5 posted 1872 days ago

i’ve been watching it now for 2 hrs. and i haven’t seen any movement yet… :o)

it looks great

-- Paul , Calfornia

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tomakazi

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#6 posted 1872 days ago

One of my favorite things is turning green wood. That is a beautiful bowl, nice job.

Paul that is really funny!!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#7 posted 1872 days ago

Handsome, warm, rich colors.

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Broda

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#8 posted 1872 days ago

I love the look of out of shape and twisted bowls
nice wood too
what technique do you use to get the walls really thin?

haha whitedog

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#9 posted 1872 days ago

Beautiful turning. I’ve never tried that. Looks cool.

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

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Jeff

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#10 posted 1871 days ago

Turning wet can be really fun. I enjoy letting the pieces “move” as well, it gives it a lot of character, especially something like a thin stemmed goblet and bowls too. Did you wait for the bowl to dry before finishing? I’m assuming so.

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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bigwoodturner

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#11 posted 1871 days ago

The green wood turnings start moving on the lathe as you work them. This one moved about a full inch before it was taken off the lathe.

I get them very thin by shinning a light through the turning wall and looking for a uniform light penitration.

The finish was applied before it was compleately dry. I use laquer thined with laquer thinner. When the turning is this thin it penitrates compleatly through the cellious structure of the wood. The wood continues to move and dry.

Paul, I am glad you enjoyed it enough to watch it for two hours. Kind of like watching paint dry.

Hope I answered all your questions.

-- Dale

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#12 posted 1871 days ago

If it’s moving on the lathe, how do you keep it from moving into your tool and making a cut where you don’t want or maybe putting a hole in it?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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bigwoodturner

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#13 posted 1870 days ago

As you remove mass from the inside of the piece you start at the rim and work an area about 2 inches in compleately finishing all your cuts to the final wall thickness. You then continue the process never going back to the portion you compleated as it has already moved.

-- Dale

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#14 posted 1870 days ago

Thanks for the “secrets of the trade” :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Tbo

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#15 posted 1869 days ago

I was actually there when Dale turned this bowl and watched it move and actually almost fully dry on the lathe. Unreal.

-- Tim, Colorado Springs

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