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Project by Mark Wilson posted 03-20-2017 09:46 PM 1138 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You saw this at the end of the last one. Jacaranda.

Here it is, getting round. I’m trying to get used to using skews while doing this.

The bowl takes shape.

Somewhere during this process, I tried the Frenchman's Method of French Polishing. This involves using Pumice as a filler. It didn’t work out so well for me. These photos show what it looked like before it got boogered up and had to be turned away. Looked real good, it did. Then, it didn’t. Consequently, the bits of bark I was attempting to maintain went away. That’s okay. I still got to keep the knot.
I’ll say this about that: If you impregnate a piece of wood with a mixture of Shellac and Pumice, then go turning that off, your tools won’t like it. I utterly destroyed three or four of my tools, and had to get the grinder out. I’ll try it again, sometime. What I’ll have to remember, then, is to omit that last step that boogered it all up.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

And, thank you, Patrice.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 03-20-2017 10:00 PM

apology accepted.hey it all turned out in the end-pun intended-ha.sorry for the cheap humor at your always take disaster and turn in into beauty,great job buddy.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 03-20-2017 10:01 PM

Another masterpiece Mark!

I could apply my gold leaf to it without any concern!
It would look great but it would hide the excellent wood finish.

Not sure what the apology is about maybe a hebrew connection

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 03-20-2017 10:15 PM

Nice job! I especially like the way you turned the stem.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 03-20-2017 10:24 PM

Wow Mark you went for the gusto trying the french polish method for the first time on your goblet. I watched the video and that method takes more patience than I have for sure but the result is stunning. I really like the lines of your goblet.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 03-20-2017 10:26 PM

Another good looking goblet Mark, like the grain of the wood and your finish. Well done.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#6 posted 03-20-2017 10:49 PM

Beautiful as always, Mark. Your pictures don’t show you working on that narrow stem. Any tips on keeping it from breaking and flying across the shop?

-- Brent H. --"This retirement stuff is hard work. I need to go get a job so I can get some rest!"

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#7 posted 03-21-2017 12:42 AM

Excellent Job Mark.
I really like this one.
Love the shape and the stem.
Finish is also great.
Well done Buddy.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#8 posted 03-21-2017 01:16 AM

I’ll give you an A for trying new techniques. Sometimes they have their own mind. But the final results are equally as good. Nice work Mark.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 03-21-2017 01:25 AM

I like your style mark, never let a piece of timber get the better of you. turned some Jacaranda years ago, it was very wet, I turned it very thin & boy it twisted / warped all over the show but still stayed in one piece, fun stuff to work
cheers Bud

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 03-21-2017 01:46 AM

Very delicate one Mark. Nice work.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 03-21-2017 01:51 AM

Excellent turning there, first class. Nicely done.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#12 posted 03-21-2017 07:25 AM

Nice to see how ordinary piece of wood turns into something beautiful.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 03-21-2017 08:40 AM

Thank you, Tony, Brian, and Ivan. Your enjoyment means the world to me.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 03-21-2017 09:09 AM

Honorable Bob, you have no idea how much that means to me.

Thanks, Pete.

Brent, I learned by watching Ron Brown (who is an expert at turning egg-shell Things) at the Woodworking show a couple years back about positioning a skew in the proper way to slice off only what you want to remove. When the tool is sharp enough, there’s very little lateral pressure to provoke a stem to break. Briefly, it involves having the tool rest slightly higher than normal, the tool is held at a severe angle – nearly vertical – touching the bevel to the spinning piece, then carefully rolling the cutting edge into the wood just til it starts to cut. The high position of the rest means that, as the cutting edge makes contact, it’s actually coming at it from above, the cutting action coming as an extreme side-swipe. I watched Ron do some extremely thin and ornate spindle work in this way. A fingernail, or Ellswioth-Grind spindle gouge does just as well, some might say with better control.
This stem is not all that thin. And, the Jacaranda is pretty sturdy wood. With this piece, I really had no wobble factor to speak of.

-- Mark

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#15 posted 03-21-2017 06:38 PM

See what happens when you let the wood tell you what it wants to be? You get a perfect goblet worthy of the name “goblet”! Yes your attention to the voice of the wood started to drift with that pumice goop, but you were suitably chastised for that and learned your lesson quickly. Onward and upward – no resting on your laurels, you have fulfilled your quest and are ready for the next challenge. Go get ‘em!.

-- Leafherder

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