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Project by Martin Svaabeck posted 01-01-2010 07:34 AM 1666 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After sending the earlier pics to-day, and, being New Years Day (Happy New Year to all of You) with nothing else to do, It`s too hot to do any woodturning, (44.8 Deg C here right now) I am sitting in front of my PC with air-conditioning on, to send some more pics.
1. Fruit Bowl of a 3000 year old Traditional Chinese Design constructed of three timbers, Tasmanian Oak, Australian River Red Gum (hard variety) and Malaysian Quila (also hard) Finished with Clear Tung Oil & Bees Wax.
2. & 3. Two Bowls produced from the same `scrap` timber blank of Australia River Red Gum. Finished with two different (unknown) finishing materials.
4. Similar designed Bowl produced from Tasmanian Sassafras finished in Danish Oil & Bees Wax.
5.Segmented Spinning Top with retained/captivated (non-removable) Actuating Pull-string, for my Grandson, with Tas. Oak & Quila segments & Sassafras handle & spindle. Finished with Danish Oil & Bee`s Wax.
6. Pair of Egg Cups for my Grandson & Grand-daughter, two Cups & one Base produced from from Australian Camphor Laurel Tree (highly perfumed camphor scent) and (regarded as a noxious weed in Queensland) and the other Base from Australian Red River Gum. Finished with four applications and `friction` polish, of Danish Oil, 12 hours between applications & friction polishing, and finally three applications of Bee`s Wax with high friction polishing between coatings.
Almost all of my turnings have mainly Danish Oil application, initially, by brush then high-speed friction polish with medium weave cloth, with reasonably `heavy` pressure, to generate heat to drive oil penetration into the wood to provide `good` sealing, preservation and in some cases, waterproofing, rather than resorting to epoxy or polyurethane finishes.

This is all for now,


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#1 posted 01-01-2010 07:37 AM

I like all of these turnings nice job.

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#2 posted 01-01-2010 02:14 PM

Fantastic turnings. That river gum sure looks nice.

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#3 posted 01-01-2010 03:16 PM

Howdy Martin, Nice work! I especially like the Chinese bowl. Happy New Year and try to stay cool.
Doug in AZ.

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#4 posted 01-01-2010 03:23 PM

Nice turnings and some beautiful woods. Send some of that heat our way. Only in the low 30’s for the next week here,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,bbbbbrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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#5 posted 01-01-2010 06:53 PM

Nice stuff and Happy New Year!!!! I have a similar problem with the temp here, only in the opposite direction. It is currently -7 C (19 F) and I am not sitting on my patio. :-)

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#6 posted 01-02-2010 06:36 AM

Fantastic group of turnings. All great designs.

Keep it up.


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#7 posted 01-21-2010 04:20 PM

Martin is one of my best friends and we live not very far from each other and we are members of the same club. He is a good source of getting advice, in woodwoking and computer, to me.
I wished he was few years younger, so we, all, would see more of his work and I am sure it would be fantastic, without any doubt.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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