Trio of [Potential] Knuckle Busters

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Due to the fact that the American Society for the Prevention of Knuckle Injuries (ASPKI) was on site during the production, no knuckles were harmed when making these items. However, due to the potential for said injuries I think I am going to call them the “knuckle buster series” :-)

Anyway, just a few more things that I am finally getting finished.

The first Saturn bowl is an elm burl, and the second is a maple burl. They started as normal burl caps and edges were left in their natural state. They were undercut and the outside of the bowl was formed, then reversed and the inside was hollowed. They are both finished with poly.

The oriental box is spalted maple and it started as a 3×3x 12 blank. The finished dimensions are 11×2 1/2. The finish is still being determined. Although it was completely done on the lathe, as I look back I can see where some work with the band saw may speed things up a bit.

As always suggestions, thoughts, and comments are much appreciated.

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

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#1 posted 596 days ago

Really beautiful wood. I could see some hazard on the lathe with these. That’s part of making a beautiful piece.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 596 days ago

Beautiful pieces.

-- Ted

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#3 posted 596 days ago

Those are absolutely spectacular! :)

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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#4 posted 596 days ago

A really unique piece

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 596 days ago

Outstanding! Glad to see you avoided the ASPKI syndrome, unlike myself.

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

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#6 posted 596 days ago

That is incredibly amazing.!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#7 posted 596 days ago

Nice pieces. I can see where the band saw cuts would help on those designs.
I have made a couple of the single arch patterns and pre cutting them would have helped.
The square, four legged, bowls I have made still have to be done the hard way with twice as many knuckle busters on them. (-:

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 596 days ago

Really nice Robert. What do you do with turnings after they are done?

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#9 posted 596 days ago

Outstanding and exceptional!

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#10 posted 596 days ago

very nice love the wood great piece of turning


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#11 posted 596 days ago

These are amazing! What a concept and what a creation! Wow!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#12 posted 596 days ago

Thanks all. I wish I could take credit for the concept and originality, but that goes to a lot of people who were kind enough to share their knowledge and skills with me. My hope is to someday be able to pay that forward, just as it was passed to me. These types of turnings are fun to do though, it is just a matter of getting past the idea of a propeller turning on the headstock.

Shane, it depends. My wife always gets first choice as to what stays in the house and what can go. For example, the “box” below never made it past our kitchen. Those she does not lay claim to either become gifts, go to one of three galleries I am working with (depending on their sales, current stock, etc), and I am starting to keep some things “in stock” myself as I hope to start doing shows this summer.

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

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#13 posted 399 days ago

Really nicely done. Thanks for the inspiration, and I wonder if I can launch a chapter of the ASPIK locally? :D

-- Leland, OC Calif.,

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