|Project by whiskeyturner||posted 02-18-2011 01:35 AM||1191 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
This is a hollow form I turned from the butt of a poplar tree I came across about six years ago it’s the one where all the little branches grow out of the base.
It is one piece, highly figured, spalted and it has a few checks that I left as is to become part of the finished piece. The basic shape was turned and the bottom half was completely finished with a recess for the chuck, I don’t normally remove it so the recess is incorporated into the design being finished the same as the rest of the piece. After remounting I drilled out an access hole and shaped the top half (which I changed later on anyway).
All the hollowing was done free hand with my Rolly articulated hollower which does a terrific job of getting into those tight areas. This is the sort of tool that needs to be used frequently to keep your self in tune with it, I haven’t used it in quite some time, the first part was slow but the more I fiddled with and adjusted the tool rest height & the cutter depth as well as angle, also my stance & approach the better it cut. Once I became used to it I was cutting smoothly, cleanly and quickly once again. My advice to anyone with this tool is to use it as much as possible on bowls inside and out, open forms, goblets or what ever just to keep that feel for it because once mastered it’s a pleasure to use (not to say I’ve mastered it yet).
Sanding started at 120 because of persistent tear out on the end grain, sanding finished at 800 using both hand and power Sanding outside and the reachable sections on the inside.
The exterior is finished with Shellawax Glow friction polish and the interior is done with bee’s wax cream thinned with a little organoil burnishing oil which left it with a lovely citrus aroma. The wall thickness is hard to measure properly but the top would be about 3mm the furthest reaches and the side about 16mm with 20mm on the bottom including the bead on the foot. the opening is 45mm, the height including the foot 90mm and internal depth is 70mm and finally the diameter is 225mm.
Thanks for looking ….. and of course all comments and questions are welcome.
-- There is always an opportunity to learn. . . .Steve Mcgrady. . Sydney, Australia.