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"Lil Monster" - Bowl from 5" Wisteria Vine

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Project by Transition posted 915 days ago 1461 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have access to a farm that has produced some very interesting materials for turning. One of them was a Wisteria Vine that was 5” in diameter. I hated to cut it down, but it was causing damage to just about everything surrounding it.

I couldn’t wait to explore and turned it the day after it was cut. So, I had a bit of moisture to contend with. Turning it was a bit of a challenge as the vine was soft and very fibrous. As I was turning it, instead of the outline becoming more well defined, it got fuzzier. When I switched off the lathe, the tooled piece looked like a brush. After getting the general shape, I tamed the fibers with 80 grit sandpaper, and worked my way down the grits.

As the cross section shows, the wood is a lemon yellow with white bands and a dark brown pith. I don’t know much about the growth of vines, but the pattern is very interesting. The finished piece is fairly strong and did not move much at all.

Bowl is ~ 3.5” diameter x 2.5” high x 1/8” thick. I did not apply a finish.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA - www.TransitionTurning.com





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Mark

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#1 posted 915 days ago

Beautiful. I am now going to keep my eyes open for anyone getting rid of their old Wisteira

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 915 days ago

Wow nice turning and cool turning

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Dez

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#3 posted 915 days ago

Very nice! I salvaged some Wisteira too hoping for some useful cool curly pieces for a small table or lamp but nothing over about 3”!
It does have a cool yellow wood with brown heart but I plan to leave the bark on for a rough look.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 915 days ago

Amazing!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Bob Collins

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#5 posted 915 days ago

Lovely wood, pic 3 real interesting. Just measured our Wisteria, not quite big enough yet.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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ncdon

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#6 posted 915 days ago

I would never have considered turning Wisteria, glad you did cause it’s awesome. Thanks for the post.

-- Don, North Carolina,http://www.ncdon.com " A sharp blade & a tuned saw= happiness"

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 915 days ago

Great bowl. That is some interesting wood. I was given some small diameter rhododendron wood to see what it could become, but it has no character like that wisteria. Thanks for sharing….........Jim

ps. Have you tried turning it the other direction with the pith in the center to see what pattern would develop? The fuzz would them be on the ends…

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

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peteg

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#8 posted 915 days ago

I bet you got excited when you saw that cross section, it hasiven you a beautiful little bowl, man that is nice.
:))

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

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Transition

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#9 posted 915 days ago

Thanks all!

I was really a nice find as I don’t recall ever seeing a 5” diameter vine of any type – ever. I’ve found some other interesting wood on this farm, and I’m beginning to think that the owner is conducting experiments only seen in ‘50s sci-fi movies.

I love turning any kind of wood, but really have fun with local wood that isn’t the typical Oak, Maple, Walnut, etc. And I love finding “exotics” in my back yard!

@JimJakosh – I haven’t turned an end grain bowl from this, but I’ll consider it a request and get to it soon.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA - www.TransitionTurning.com

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doncutlip

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#10 posted 915 days ago

Really cool bowl, good job

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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EyeOfTheJen

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#11 posted 894 days ago

That is cool, didn’t even know you could turn that or that it even got big enough.

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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