|Project by Innovator||posted 09-09-2009 04:02 PM||1634 views||2 times favorited||18 comments|
I had some maple logs that I got locally from neighbor that was having a tree cut down. As I was taking the logs I was trying to think about where I would put them. I have a very limited space to store raw logs. I usually place them on a skid in my yard but I knew that it was full but I wasn’t passing up this wood. So I decided to experiment with them. I have read that you can spalt your own lumber by placing it directly in the dirt. The trick is to not leave it there too long, if so you will rot the log.
This is where the surprise comes in. I placed these logs directly on the dirt (it was grass at first) and left them there for about 3 months. I cut these logs last week and I was excited when I saw how the wood reacted. I had to coat them and put them on the shelf until I had time to get to them. I pulled one off the shelf yesterday and I had at it. As I started turning the wood the pattern started jumping out. I just love richness in a piece of wood.
I started the bowl around 7:00pm and at 9:30 I was cutting the foot off of it. I had already finished it with EEE Ultra Shine and Shellawax Cream. Here is where things start to go wrong. I got cocky as I was cutting the foot off. I used a jam chuck and the tail center to hold the piece in place and I was using a thin knife parting tool for the cut. I got the cut down to about 3/16” in diameter and I took it off of the lathe. I know that I should use a saw to cut the rest of it off but “Hey I don’t need to follow the rules, I’ve done this a thousand times”. So I proceeded to hit the foot with a soft blow hammer and the foot fell on the floor, which was fine until I looked at the bottom of the bowl and saw that when I wacked the foot off I took a chip out of the bottom of the bowl, it went clear through. MAD was an understatement! The worst part about it is I know better, but every once in a while I need to be reminded that the rules apply to me also.
I used some titebond III and some CA and did the best repair I could with it. The break was not very clean the wood fibers tore out from hitting the foot.
Overall I like the bowl, my wife has already found a home for it in our kitchen. The bowls diameter is 8” at the top and it stands 4” tall. The wall thickness is a full 3/16”.
Any comments or suggestions are appreciated.
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