Cocobolo hollow form

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Project by George watkins posted 12-02-2009 12:06 AM 1404 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello folks
I made this piece in early november and it has been in my drying cupboard in my house ever since-its now been about three weeks since it was made and i can breathe a sigh of relief as its not split!!
most wet wood will split within the first 48 hours of being inside so this piece is definatley dry.

it measures 5.5” wide by about 7” tall

-- it can't rain all the time!!

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#1 posted 12-02-2009 12:12 AM

Bravo well done that wood ussually do not split,is very stable and great to turn,

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#2 posted 12-02-2009 12:27 AM

Very nice piece. Well done.

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#3 posted 12-02-2009 12:28 AM

George, this is a gorgeous turning. I have never had the opportunity to work with cocobolo but it has a beautiful color and graining.

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#4 posted 12-02-2009 12:56 AM

Beautiful piece

Thanks for sharing


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#5 posted 12-02-2009 01:15 AM

Very nice job!!...and peruturner is correct….cocobolo doesn’t usually crack very much…it is due to the very oily nature of the wood…by the way it will not take some finishes well….the best ones I have found to use are a good shellac or a combination of shellac and a wax (for a high gloss)....I have had some sealants that will not hold well as they have a problem setting up on the oilier surface….(I have heard suggestions of using a japan dryer on the oil based sealants….but have not tried that personally).

Also, a hearty welcome to LJ’s….it is always a pleasure to see more turners and their projects….being another fairly newcomer to LJ’s…I think you will find the folks here are very helpful…and there are some excellent turners here…

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#6 posted 12-02-2009 01:37 AM

Fantastic turning. I love the color/grain of cocobolo. Perfect capture of the heart in the first pic.

Welcome to LJ’s. I second reggies statement, There are a LOT of fantastic turners here willing to help. I have learned a lot from them as well.

Keep it up.


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#7 posted 12-02-2009 03:47 AM

way cool

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#8 posted 12-02-2009 04:10 AM

That had to be fun to see the heart shape show up as you turned. I would guess a little anxiety as you had to decide when to stop removing wood!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 12-02-2009 08:29 AM

Very nice turning work, beautiful wood too!

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#10 posted 12-02-2009 04:47 PM

thank you for all of your kind comments-in the u.k cocobolo is normally found in small pieces suitable for box’s or goblets somtimes small bowls and is mostly dry when sold- so i wasnt aware that it was a good stable timber to turn and dry out, I have several more bits to do and i’m not so concerned now about getting the wall thickness so perfect as i did with this piece-thankyou.

-- it can't rain all the time!!

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#11 posted 12-02-2009 05:26 PM

Looks great and you brought good attention to the grain!

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

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#12 posted 12-02-2009 07:04 PM

very nice piece, what did you use for a finish?

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#13 posted 12-02-2009 07:14 PM

very nice

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#14 posted 12-30-2009 04:34 PM

I love this one, great job.

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#15 posted 12-30-2009 05:40 PM

thank you for your kind comments

Roper: the finish is lemon oil

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