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Project by woodbutcher posted 12-01-2009 11:35 PM 1654 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the result of using wenge and spalted maple during your first hollow form turning attempts. Wenge does not turn easily for me. It’s not easy doing hollow form turnings with only standard lathe chisels either! Of course I would not have had to attempt this if one John Huff had not left a bunch of wenge and maple cut offs at the Lumberjocks’ picnic in High Point, N.C. earlier this fall. Huff I’m blaming this entire fiasco on you! If you don’t want your wood butchered don’t leave it laying around at the next get together! Seriously now, send me your real e-mail addy and address at and I’ll get your bowl in the mail.

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#1 posted 12-01-2009 11:52 PM

These are really cool, Ken. Great result for a first timer….. I’m thinking trifern better keep an eye in his rear view mirror. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 12-02-2009 12:10 AM

These ARE great Ken. You have a real knack. I’ve been turning about 9 months now, and not even close to your quality. Nice job.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#3 posted 12-02-2009 12:15 AM

Well done nice combo of woods bravoooo

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#4 posted 12-02-2009 12:29 AM

Very nice turnings.

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#5 posted 12-02-2009 01:21 AM

Great bowls – I particularly like the Ambrosia (wormy) maple one!

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#6 posted 12-02-2009 01:27 AM

Very nice work and a very unique design. I really like the contrasting top and it’s shape. The main wood was great too. It’s too bad about the cracking. I have no experience with those particular woods, but have you tried packing them in wet shavings in a paper bag? That might help. Also, I find that green long grain turnings usually turn out better if they are rough turned to an even thickness of about 2/3 thicker than the final thickness you want and allowed to slowly dry out for two or three months before turning to final thickness. Green end grain can usually be turned to in one go if you make sure the wall thickness is the same. You probably already know all this, but I’m just mentioning it in case you don’t.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 12-02-2009 01:40 AM

Fantastic turnings! Love the wood combo. Always nice to have nice suplies left laying around. haha

Great job. Great shape. Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 12-02-2009 01:54 AM

Ahhh…what a horrible dilemna….nice pieces of wood lying around….hmmmm…if you don’t like it….you can send it to me and I’ll personally see to it that it gets used…LOL…....

Great turnings though….and the combination works very well…..

is there a bit of cracking on the tops? or is that just the camera? Also, I was thinking that a good high gloss would make them really pop….some poly and wax…with a good buffing? Dark woods look so good with a high gloss….and if the tops have a bit of cracking….you can use some CA glue (with a bit of black dye/coloring) and the finish would hide the patch…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#9 posted 12-02-2009 06:48 AM

Fantastic. It’s always nice to use someones elses wood.

-- 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 †

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#10 posted 12-02-2009 05:24 PM

Nice work and the design is wonderful!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#11 posted 12-02-2009 07:15 PM


-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#12 posted 12-03-2009 01:12 AM

Folks-TY all for the kind comments, CharlieM1958-Trifern sure doesn’t have to look over his shoulder, I promise you that-Padre, Good to see you again. I assume that the healing is going along well now? Keep on turning, I’m just beginning too! peruturner-TY so much, hopefully someday I can turn something as nice as you always do! Loucarb-TY Sir-I’m just trying to catch up to you, your work is great! SgtSnafu-TY actually they are both Ambosia Maple one just had more figure than the other. stefang-TY for observations and comments. They were actually both dry pieces when I started the turning and already had the cracks in the maple. I just turned them anyway and hoped they would stay together-LOL. Luckily they did.Scrappy- I was just trying to emmulate you-seems you are trying all different kinds of turning also! reggiek- I told Huff that what ever I did with the wood he contributed I would try to do twice and that he was getting the second one. Nope there was no cracking in the Wenge. The top on the small one has a tiny lamination of maple between the two halves of wenge I glued up to turn, that maybe what you’re seeing! Karson, TY Sir-Yep, I wasn’t out the cost of wood no matter what happened, thanks to Huffs generosity. Kindlingmaker-TY, Sir-the design simply evolved as the wood, became round enough to do something with! OhVLYArtisan-TY for looking and commenting! Again TY all for your time and comments.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#13 posted 12-11-2009 03:22 AM

Great job Ken, glad to see your work again.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#14 posted 12-11-2009 06:31 AM

TY Sir. I’m just playing with the lathe a bit-I’m not going to get on the darkside with it though! In fact I’m into some serious scroll work right now for Christmas. Thanks for taking the time to look and comment.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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