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Spalted live oak bowl with natural edge

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Project by Matthew Harper posted 03-03-2016 09:35 PM 1114 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I left some live oak logs in my backyard, and since I live in FL, they started to darken/mold/spalt. I was disappointed at first…until I turned a bowl and saw the natural beauty that lay within.

-- 16 year old turner from Florida using a RIKON 70-220VSR Midi Lathe





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SignWave

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#1 posted 03-03-2016 10:45 PM

I agree that is some beautiful wood. I never saw much use for live oak until I got a lathe. Nice turning.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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John

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#2 posted 03-04-2016 02:15 AM

Two nice bowls Matt, good start for your woodworking career. Do you watch Craigslist for lathes?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 03-04-2016 02:29 AM

John, Yes I have been watching for over a year, and sometimes have seen a good lathe. However, being 15, I need to wait for the weekend when my mom or dad can take me and by then it is already sold. I originally thought I wanted a big lathe, but after much thought decided a good midi lathe would be better because I have never needed a longer bed, and really don’t have room for it. I am deciding between the NOVA comet II and the delta 46-460.

-- 16 year old turner from Florida using a RIKON 70-220VSR Midi Lathe

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#4 posted 03-04-2016 03:43 AM

That wood is really beautiful, Do we get better looking when we age. I made my own lathe, right now I am making a large lathe, and plan on doing a blog on the construction. You might be interested to follow it even though a project like this is not what most people can do or have the resorces. It will qualify as a scrap iron lathe but will compete with the best of them.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 03-04-2016 03:18 PM

It’s very creative and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#6 posted 03-04-2016 06:52 PM

Thank you for the comments everyone!

-- 16 year old turner from Florida using a RIKON 70-220VSR Midi Lathe

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