OK, so it’s all about showing off, but also about helping each other out, right? So I decided to share some of my mistakes, with the hope that others might learn from them.
The first 2 pictures are of a square bowl that I turned ever so slightly off-center. I let the wood get too thin and the next thing you know, oops!
The next pic is of a beautiful bowl that flew off the lathe and the top cracked, so I decided to make a handy dandy coin dish or whatever. I let this one get too thin, too, and oops! (again)
Both bowls were made from spalted maple blanks I got from an online wood merchant. I love the look of the spalted wood, and I didn’t have any trouble turning them. I’ll keep them both around as a reminder.
Now, the success story…
The fourth pic is a nice 4 inch pepper grinder that started out to be a 6 inch pepper grinder, but it kind of got shortened somehow. Luckily the hardware worked OK once I cut the center rod and peened it. This is made from a piece of spalted beech that a friend gave me. We’ve been using it for a couple of months now and it’s darkening and really showing the grain nicely.