Odd Man Out

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Project by rcwoodturning posted 01-31-2010 04:47 AM 1761 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Oak tubes, 6” & 7” x 2 1/8” bore, microwaved, BLO and wax outside, metallic blue acrylic inside.

Melaleuca tube, 4” x 2 1/8” bore, wire brushed in and out, microwaved, ferrous oxide outside, verdigris inside, irridescent gold acrylic band.

This is a bit of a social commentary (they’re “Blue Bloods”, but of course!), mostly stemming from my hippie past, but relevant at any time. They see the flaws in others, yet don’t see their own flaws under their shiny veneer.

As usual, C & C’s welcome.

-- Somewhere out there in the woodpile is what I seek...

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 06:33 AM


-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 11:49 AM

I like your hippie primitivism (nostalgic too? :-)).

-- Antonio

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 01:35 PM

I like them, I like different!

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 03:36 PM

Thanks for the comments! I enjoy making these, same process as Still Groovy. I’m making them much bigger now using live oak, which is native to this part of Florida. I’ve got two large tree trunks in my woodpile recently deliverd by tree surgeons…just need to find time to get out there with the chainsaw. I’ll post pictures as I have them ready.

-- Somewhere out there in the woodpile is what I seek...

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#5 posted 01-31-2010 05:17 PM

Novel idea,,,I like the grain patterns

-- Ray,Iowa

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#6 posted 02-01-2010 02:44 AM

what does microwaving do???

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer

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#7 posted 02-01-2010 02:46 AM

Some very interesting turnings.

-- 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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#8 posted 02-01-2010 03:53 PM

Thanks Ray, Mike and Karson.

Mike, microwaving, or nuking, causes rapid drying of the wood (I turn green wood, it’s easier), but also causes distortion, especially if the pith is left in the piece. This is more evident in the melaleuca piece in this picture, but is present in the oak pieces as well. Look at my other set “Still Groovy” for more evidence of distortion. I use this distortion as one of my design elements. With practice, it can be predicted to a degree, but it still is like raku pottery, you are never quite sure what you’re going to get until you pull it out of the fire. If you decide to give it a try, hit the “add 30” button to give about 1-2 minutes. Stay there, watch, listen, hear, smell…you don’t want to blow up the piece or catch it on fire. Let the piece cool on a piece of stone or ceramic tile for a minute or so between nukings…it adds to the effect. I would do the nuking before appying any type of finish, especially any metallic finishes, oxides or ebonizing…they might not get along with your microwave.

I got a chuckle when I made “Still Groovy” daughter called me when I was nuking one of the pieces, asked me what I was doing…I told her I was drinking a beer and cooking wood…she said “you’re doing what?!?”.

Hope this helps,

-- Somewhere out there in the woodpile is what I seek...

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