Black Locust and Maple bowls

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Project by interpim posted 08-04-2010 08:26 PM 1616 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi again all…

It’s been a while since I have posted here, but I just did a move across the country from California to Virginia. I spent about a month with family and friends visiting, but finally got into my new house and have my new shop somewhat setup

when I stopped by family’s house in North Carolina, I picked up a couple chunks of wood… first was a piece of gnarly looking black locust and the second a plain piece of maple from a tree that fell from ice damage this past year.

I turned the maple more for sentimental reasons… and I thought the Locust looked cool. Well, here are the first two projects out of my new shop. comments and critiques are welcome.

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 08-04-2010 09:28 PM

interpim, Well it looks like you have some nice worm holes and such in those there bowls. I just love wood like that. Nice job and welcome to the Right coast.

Rance (About 50’ across the fence from you. I’m the one waving my hand in the air)

PS: You just missed them clearing out the forrest at Commerce Dr. & 301. There may be some left but you’d have to poke around. My truck has been out of commission over the last month or so, otherwise I would have been over there when they had 2-3 piles of trees & logs15’-18’ high. Arrrrrrgh.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 08-04-2010 09:43 PM

Looks great, I really like the look of the black locust, never seen it before and might have to find some to turn a pen out of. My only concern would be a blow out it seems to be quite a knotty wood, have you had any chipping or blowing up problems with it?

-- Greg P, Washington State,

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#3 posted 08-04-2010 10:36 PM

like i said… that piece was really gnarly. most people in NC use it for fence posts because it is resistant to rot, and hard as heck. You should be able to find a piece that is clear of voids fairly easily. my Dad probably has 5 cords of Black Locust firewood behind his house right now.

as far as blowing out or chipping, I didn’t experience either with this piece of wood… I’m pretty sure it was a spot where the tree split into a couple branches.

-- San Diego, CA

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#4 posted 08-04-2010 10:59 PM

they look good. I think you did the best you could do with what you had. I had some honey locust that I brought home, but had a lot of problems with splits running with the rings, did’nt prove to be a very good wood for me, even though it looked great when I got it, was kinda disappointed.

-- RStadler

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#5 posted 08-05-2010 01:10 AM

GregP I had a couple pieces I cut off that are pen blank size… one could get a slim-line, the other could get a single barrel pen out of. definitely a Jr. Gent size. If you are interested i’ll send it to you for the cost of shipping via the small flat rate box whatever that is nowadays.

-- San Diego, CA

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