Eucalyptus Pot Redux

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 04-04-2016 01:12 AM 1283 views 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got out of bed this afternoon (I stay up way too late), and began examining my body…(heavy sigh) of work, that covers every flat surface in the house. I picked up this Pot of Eucalyptus that I had turned back in October of ‘14, and was presented with a paradox. I had left the plinth on the bottom, and yet, I had signed it, as though ‘twere finished. I thought for a moment. How can this be? Why on Earth would I sign a plinth? Look at how thick it is. Obviously, you boob, you intended to come back to it.
And he was right. The reason it was signed is that, awhile back, I finally got my mitts on a decent wood-burning pen, and signed, with said pen, a bunch o things I had never signed. So, there you go. There you have it. And, There it is.
Shut up and get away from me. (Notice how soft-spoken I am. Who’s the boob?)
So I proceeded, post-haste to the lathe and re-mounted it. Did some turning and thinning, and some sanding, and some finishing (Olive Oil Shine Juice), and signed off on it.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 04-04-2016 01:32 AM

Nice work there Mark!

Whats the next project a Ventriloquists doll?.....take a break Buddy I think you may be working too hard. go pat the dog and talk him for a leisurely walk around the burb!

Hey do you know LJ Pollz he has the same dog I think whats your opinion?

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 04-04-2016 01:43 AM

Your posts have much the same effect on me Mark, first thought is “what the hell has he been up to this time” but
every one has been some thing different (very sometimes) but nicely done with a great finish. This one is very nice.
The shine juice you are using, have you got a still set up and have a sip now and again??

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#3 posted 04-04-2016 02:49 AM

Does Eucalyptus wood have that distinctive odor when turned?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 04-04-2016 03:31 AM

Camphor Laurel definitely does have a strong eucalyptus smell but most other species don’t so much.

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

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#5 posted 04-04-2016 03:31 AM

I would call that Pot Luck. Finding and finishing that beauty is great. You must be under too much pressure Mark.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 04-04-2016 03:35 AM

Nice you are able to work with exotic woods, nice.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 04-04-2016 04:18 AM

Lovely pot, beautiful wood, entertaining read as always!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#8 posted 04-04-2016 05:57 AM

You are lucky you have access to those exotic pieces of wood.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 04-04-2016 06:45 AM

OK got it, fond memories,...and dont change it either! did you check out LJ pollz one ?

-- Regards Rob

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#10 posted 04-04-2016 07:01 AM

Bob C: Olive oil, Shellac, DNA. Olive oil is very good for cooking. Shellac is what M&Ms are coated with. DNA is poisonous, if taken internally. I just thought you ought to know.
Lew: Which odor is that? I’ve never noticed any particular aroma. But, it sure does turn my hands black.
GMan: I’ve turned a lot of Camphor, and, very much enjoyed the olfactory delight found therein. Is that what your Eucalyptus smells like? How delightful! I’ve never, I must add, heard the terms “Camphor” and “Laurel” placed together so. So, quite in keeping with my gotta-know nature, I looked it up.
The leaves are identical to those on my tree.

This is my tree. You’ve seen it before in here

No berries. No flowers. Just that wonderful aroma, and fluffy leaves.

This, I’m led to believe, is the largest “Camphor Laurel” in Florida.

I’m no smarter about it, now, than when I started.

Dave: Pressure? No one expects anything of me. Least of all, me.
Brian and Ivan: Exotic? These are industrial shade trees, around here.
John: Thanks.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 04-04-2016 08:34 AM

Great job Mark. Love the finish.
That sure is a bog Camphor Laurel tree.
A mate of mine in Queensland is currently slabbing a Camphor root/stump that is 20ft across.


-- 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 04-04-2016 12:51 PM

“Re-ducks? Plinth?”

Who you tryin’ to be? Lord Byron Shelley?
Oh wait, I just went and Googled him. Hmmmm ho DOES look a bit insane, so yeah, maybe you ARE on the right track !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#13 posted 04-04-2016 07:52 PM

No Lord Byron (or Percy Shelley – never heard of Byron Shelley) here but the words of that great sage Yogi Berra seem appropriate – “It ain’t over ‘till it’s over.” See the spirit of the wood was biding its time, waiting patiently until you were ready to fulfill its purpose. We forget that trees have a different concept of time – the 2 years from start to finish on this project is nothing compared to the decades (or centuries, or millennia) in the life of a tree. Congratulations on completing another fine project.

-- Leafherder

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#14 posted 04-05-2016 12:30 AM

Thanks, John.

-- Mark

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#15 posted 04-05-2016 12:31 AM

I’m sorry. That’s not like me at all. It was my evil twin.

-- Mark

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