First turning project - spalted oak bowl

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From a stack of blanks my mentor offered me, I picked out the nastiest, open grained, checked blank for my first turning. When finished turning only needed CA glue in one spot that was already discolored so it is very hard to notice. Finished with sanding sealer and the Beal 3 wheel system. I am still just learning to turn and there was quite a lot of sanding involved here, but I am happy with the result.

-- Lou

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#1 posted 1144 days ago

Welcome to LJ;s Lou I am sure you will enjoy the huge variety of work that guys n gals share with one another.
This is a great first turn, just a matter of practice, getting your confidence & tool skill up & you will have less sanding. Looks like you got a nice finish on this one.
Lets see more :))

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

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#2 posted 1144 days ago

Are you sure that is “spalted oak”? I have some walnut that looks just like this.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 1144 days ago

Is it green, still? It does look a bit like walnut, but reminds me of fresh cut…some kind of oak -when the center is still all dark It sure is pretty regardless!

-- christine

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#4 posted 1144 days ago

Nice no matter what it is. Great first turn!

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#5 posted 1144 days ago

I am not 100% sure it is oak, but that is what he said it was. This blank was the odd one out from what I had to choose from, but I think its mate from the other side of the log is still there. Most of his blanks were cherry and pear – I don’t remember seeing any walnut. It was rough turned in 2008, so definitely not green. I’ll ask him again this weekend.

I was pleasantly surprised with the finish produced by the Beal system. Convinced me to buy it.

-- Lou

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#6 posted 1144 days ago

Lou..welcome to Ljs this is an amazing first..can’t wait to see your 2nd, 12th etc

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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