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Project by RichardH posted 1624 days ago 1502 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Approx: 4.5”W x 4.75”H
Finish: Tried and True Varnish Oil

Always enjoy turning chinaberry when I can find a nice piece. I rough turned this one and sat it aside for a little over a year to let it stabilize before final turning. This wood came from my father-n-law’s farm back in Alabama. I’ve got a couple of small logs left, but need to get him to keep an eye out for some more of it for me as I really like the rich colors and the fact that it behaves nicely when I’m hollowing it out.

As always, your comments are welcome!

3/22 Edit: added a few more pictures by request.

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."





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Hacksaw007

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#1 posted 1624 days ago

Very nice. Would love to see more pictures than one?

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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swirlsandburls

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#2 posted 1624 days ago

I really like the colors and the overall shape is appealing. Keep up the good work!
John

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 1623 days ago

That is an interesting wood. Where do you get Chinaberry

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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RichardH

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#4 posted 1623 days ago

Thanks All, Will try to post some more photos soon. I have found Chinaberry pretty tolerant of letting me turn the walls quite thin, so I will try to show a top view as I was nervous about keeping the bark on.

Jim, I believe Chinaberry grows mostly in southeastern states ranging from Texas to Virginia. It is considered an invasive plant, and some farmers chop them down for fear that the livestock eat the potentially poisonous berry like fruit.

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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MrPukaShell

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#5 posted 1623 days ago

Looks awesome. Add a few more pics please. I sure would like to get some of that wood. I guess I will have to see if it grows around here

-- Robert, So Cal, My Turn or Yours.....

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tomd

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#6 posted 1623 days ago

Beautiful grain and color. Nice job.

-- Tom D

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jockmike2

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#7 posted 1623 days ago

Gorgeous turning, beautiful color.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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michelletwo

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#8 posted 1623 days ago

I like the shape on this and the two decorative rings at the neck. Subtle, but a lovely addition. It’s a winner.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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scrappy

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#9 posted 1623 days ago

Fantastic shape and turn. Love the color and grain in this wood.

Keep it up.

Scrappy

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

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MrPukaShell

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#10 posted 1622 days ago

I really like this bowl, or “Work of Art” as some would say. It reminds me of a volcano. The ring is a nice touch and shows good tool control. Is the bottom rounded or it there a flat spot to sit on, looks round in the pictures. Thanks for sharing and the added pics

-- Robert, So Cal, My Turn or Yours.....

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RichardH

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#11 posted 1622 days ago

Thanks for all the nice comments.

I added a few more pictures including one of the relatively low profile base. I sometimes get a little lazy on the bases, so breathed a sigh of relief when I saw that I actually spent a little time finishing this one neatly.

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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Leroy5

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#12 posted 1618 days ago

That is really pretty wood.

-- Leroy

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Martyroc

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#13 posted 851 days ago

WOW, thats a beautiful turning, and the wood choice is spectacular.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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