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Project by Lazarus posted 11-02-2012 11:03 PM 1288 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my effort at going a little freeform after turning it on the lathe. It’s made of myrtlewood and is 33” long and 10” at the widest. Has been sitting around in my shop, unfinished, for a couple of months, but I finaly got motivated over the past few days to finish it.





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#1 posted 11-02-2012 11:15 PM

Very dream-like. It can imagine it as a stop-motion animation model.

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#2 posted 11-03-2012 12:53 AM

Spectacular! I’ve never used a lathe before, so when you say you turned it, I have a bit of trouble picturing the process (which is part of the appeal). Would you mind describing it briefly?

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#3 posted 11-03-2012 02:33 AM

Thanks for the nice comments. >Vakman. I’m not sure how much of the process of lathe turning you would like to know. The wood is mounted on a faceplace and the motor of the lathe spins it at a selected speed. A tool comprised of a handle and sharpened metal is placed on a rest adjacent to the spinning piece of wood and eased into it to begin taking off wood and shaping it into the desired form. In the case of this project, I spent a lot of time cutting wood into small pieces with a miter saw and then glueing them into rings, which were then glued into a stack before being place on the lathe and turned. (some of the rings were turned individually and then shaped with a disc sander in order to create the bend in the tail) It’s an involved, but very rewarding process. If you would like to know more about segmented turning, I would recommend Malcolm Tibbets website. He is considered by many to be the best of the best. Viewing his work is what got me started in segmented turning.

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#4 posted 11-03-2012 08:09 AM

Wow. Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 11-03-2012 08:10 AM

Wow. Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 11-03-2012 04:08 PM

This is beautiful! Well done!

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#7 posted 11-04-2012 03:13 AM

Is it hollow?

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#8 posted 11-04-2012 03:15 AM

Nice….very creative

-- "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"....Pablo Picasso

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#9 posted 11-04-2012 04:08 AM

I wondered how you put the bend in the tail. Beautiful work by the way!

I haven’t done anything to compare to that but I have used my lathe to get some offset results before. I put a 4 jaw chuck on my lathe and after turning the main body of the work piece, I rechucked it up offset for eccentric turning or turning an axis on a different line from the center-line of the work piece.

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#10 posted 11-04-2012 07:22 PM

Thanks for the explanation and referring me to Tibbetts’ work, amazing stuff.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#11 posted 11-04-2012 07:25 PM

Very cool a unique work of Art.

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