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Project by BobWemm posted 12-12-2017 02:23 AM 1028 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was given this Olive wood about 2 years ago in exchange for cutting down the 2 trees.
This is the 3rd piece I’ve used. It is hollowed down to approx. 3inches from the base, leaving a bit of mass to make it more stable.
Even so it was a little on the off-balance side so I added a Tasmanian Blackheart Sassafras ring to the base.
Finished with spray on Lacquer.
Hope you like it and thanks for looking.
C & C Welcome.
Bob

-- 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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swirt

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#1 posted 12-12-2017 02:30 AM

Quite amazing Bob. Well done.

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#2 posted 12-12-2017 03:21 AM

Looks like a scary setup from a non wood turners point of view.

Very impressive finished result I must say.

Now a coupla questions.

1. Is 2 years enough time to season such a large mass?
2. Or did you accelerate it somehow?
3. Is the raw material at its widest part, a root ball or, a branch division?
Meaning is it now enjoying life standing on its head or otherwise.

4. After you felled the two trees what happened to the remainder of the tree?

-- Regards Rob

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 12-12-2017 04:39 AM

Now that’s some wild turning Bob.I had a couple pieces like that and was afraid to turn it without cutting it down. You did a great job.

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

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#4 posted 12-12-2017 05:03 AM

Outstanding piece, Bob!!

cheers, Jim

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

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BobWemm

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#5 posted 12-12-2017 06:05 AM



Looks like a scary setup from a non wood turners point of view.

Very impressive finished result I must say.

Now a coupla questions.

1. Is 2 years enough time to season such a large mass?
2. Or did you accelerate it somehow?
3. Is the raw material at its widest part, a root ball or, a branch division?
Meaning is it now enjoying life standing on its head or otherwise.

4. After you felled the two trees what happened to the remainder of the tree?

- robscastle

Hi Rob.
This Olive wood is very hard and dries quite quickly here. The main branch is only about 75mm thick and is pretty thin so there is little chance of cracking.
It is branches at the top, been pruned previously, so is standing head up.
The balance of the trees are in my shed, apart from a few pieces. Bob

-- 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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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 12-12-2017 02:06 PM

This piece is so outstanding and beautifully done. It’s a wonderful eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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BobWemm

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#7 posted 12-12-2017 11:39 PM

Thanks guys for the comments.

Bob.

-- 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 12-13-2017 08:20 PM

Worth every minute of the battle with this one Bob, licely done Bud
cheers
pete

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

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Bob Collins

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#9 posted 12-14-2017 12:17 AM

Great work Bob, must have had a few scary moments with the turning. Well done.

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

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