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Project by trifern posted 05-07-2008 02:32 PM 1217 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece had a lot of promise when it was in it’s raw form. It is a piece of honey locust crotch wood. After I started turning, it revealed considerable rotting and voids. I started to give up several times. I decided to try and hold it together the best I could. I used CA adhesive and epoxy in an attempt to hold it all together. I am not sure it was worth the effort other than I can say it did not get the best of me. It measures 4” tall by 11” wide and is finished with wipe-on poly.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.





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CaptnA

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#1 posted 05-07-2008 02:48 PM

nice chunk of wood and great lines in the turning!
to me, this sort of ‘imperfection’ MAKES a piece. If I wanted a perfect bowl with no blemishes I would probably opt for ceramic -
I have similar pieces with voids and an occasional check and what not. How we deal with the ‘problems’ of the real world is what makes us wood workers – we work within the parameters of the wood. The options are unlimited. I’ve seen people fill voids, patch a piece with contrasting wood, scrap a nice piece. the character of the wood comes out in nature’s wonderment. to each his own of course. Just my opinion.
I got some wood from a friend once. He said it wasn’t good enough for his purposes. I thought at first that was a slam of sorts – that MY purposes would allow inferior wood. I found what he meant finally.He knew that the wood work that I do celebrates the wood and the grains and texture. What he was doing was for a customer who wanted very tight matching grain that was almost indiscernable.
Once I got my ego in check – I knew my friend had not only given me some great wood, but had paid me quite a compliment.

-- CaptnA - "When someone hurts you, write it in the sand so the winds of forgiveness will scatter the memory... "

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#2 posted 05-07-2008 03:36 PM

It still looks great, and now has more character.

Thanks for the post.

-- Hope Never fails

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Chris

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#3 posted 05-07-2008 03:43 PM

I think it gives a lot of character to the piece overall. I recently turned a piece of Redwood Burl which ended up having major voids and bark inclusions. it took me a few days of epoxy work and such to stabilize it enough top complete the turning. I think pieces with these “defects” can be a lot nicer than so called “perfect” pieces.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Chris

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#4 posted 05-07-2008 03:43 PM

BTW…

Were are you getting the Honey Locust?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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trifern

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#5 posted 05-07-2008 04:06 PM

Chris, I have been purchasing a lot of blanks here. I agree that the voids definitely add character. This was so bad I was afraid it was going to blow up. I didn’t want to blog a trip to the hospital during safety week.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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leonmcd

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#6 posted 05-07-2008 06:33 PM

trifern, I tried out your link to woodworkersshop.com but can’t find any bowl blanks. Tried most of the product catagories, search and advanced search. Where do they hide them?

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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trifern

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#7 posted 05-07-2008 07:03 PM

Leon,
You might try sending an email or calling. I have never purchased from them via the net. I have always purchased from them at their Peoria and Bloomington retail stores. I like to pick my own lumber.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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irishhandyman

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#8 posted 05-07-2008 07:32 PM

I think you done a Wonderful job. In my opinion, whatever that is worth, something with a little history and a lot of time, effort, and love of the job is worth a lot more. Keep up the good work.

-- God bless the men and women who protect our counrty.

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Callum Kendall

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#9 posted 05-07-2008 10:09 PM

Nice bowl!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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Woodhacker

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#10 posted 05-08-2008 12:23 AM

Trifern, that’s another beutiful piece, I’d say you made a great “save”.

Thanks for sharing it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#11 posted 05-08-2008 12:30 AM

Again Trfern you continue making those wonderful bowls. They are beautiful and show your trademark design. I love them, no matter what wood you use you have a way of highlighting the grain and bringing out the best of the wood. I’m a fan, for sure. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 05-08-2008 04:05 AM

It was worth staying thru to the end on this one ! Great job and a nice finish as well

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Douglas Bordner

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#13 posted 05-08-2008 07:50 AM

I have to join Jockmike in your fan club. You do wonderful work.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#14 posted 05-08-2008 09:50 AM

You did well to stay with this piece. It “turned” out beautifully. The CA and epoxy only add details to the already gorgeous piece.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#15 posted 05-08-2008 11:57 AM

Very nice, the imperfections give it some unique character

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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