|Project by Transition||posted 01-07-2012 07:49 AM||1609 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
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