|Project by Bearpie||posted 06-28-2011 02:54 AM||1776 views||2 times favorited||26 comments|
Purple Haze is 6” D x 10” H and is made from a Holly tree that I received from a member of my wood turning club in Jacksonville, FL. It was being cut down because the tenants wanted a better view of the yard that this tree was blocking! I got a half dozen pieces and this is my first turning of Holly, I must say that it really turned well and I had no problems working with it except for for getting wet cause this was freshly cut. When I finished turning this, I left it on the lathe and turned the speed up full speed and left it running for a couple hours. There was a small puddle on the floor where the sap ran down from the back wall. This was very white and you could hardly see the grains on it so I decided to dye it and I’m glad I did. The wall thickness is less than 1/4” and the top is a bit thicker due to the fluted top I put on. I had expected it to warp and distort but (knock on wood) it has not (yet).
I would rate Holly as an excellent wood to turn when green. I cannot say how it will turn when dry as I have not done one yet.
As always, comments and critiques are welcomed and appreciated!
Erwin, Jacksonville, FL
-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL