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The acorn, The egg, The ball and the mushroom

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So the other day I was practicing doing some turnings in fir/pine. I find turning fir a pita I can never get the finish in it that I can get out of hardwoods so I cut some 12” long x !1/2” square and try to get better. I had a piece in the lathe and decided to make first an acorn, then an egg, then a ball and last a mushroom. The acorn turned out pretty good so I reset for the egg. That turned out ok so I reset for the ball and it was ok too. So I set up for the last piece the mushroom and right off the bat the skew caught taking a chunk out of what was left. I was angry to say the least and was going to give the piece a heave then I decided to see if I could at least make something out of what was to be scrap. so there is the picture of the acorn the egg the ball and the mushroom. Strange that’s a funny shaped mushroom but it’s a mushroom because I SAY SO!
MIKE

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KnotCurser

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#1 posted 510 days ago

Strange, your mushroom likes like a perfect shop mallet to me…........ Try tapping your mushroom on the back of some chisels and see what happens. ;-)

I like the acorn as well.

Happy turning!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Grondor

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#2 posted 510 days ago

I found that turning lots of these no-plan items gave me invaluable practice with and understanding for the various tools, particularly the skew. I made myself a promise to turn one mushroom a day for a year from whatever scraps of wood I had on hand, and I used everything from a branch of apple-tree that we had to remove from our own back yard to oak railing leftovers, various hardwoods (bought a box of exotic cut-offs from Rockler for $20), even some plywood glued together.

I didn’t quite make it to a year’s worth, but I have well over 250 mushrooms, every size and shape I could imagine. Well, the largest is around 5” tall, the smallest around 1/16th. It was fun, I learned a ton, and I don’t regret it. I had the occasional chip-out or cap fall off, but in nature mushrooms aren’t perfect shapes, so you’re allowed to have some wonky ones. ;) If it doesn’t come out the way YOU want it, just shut up about it, because everyone else will think you PLANNED it that way! ;)

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Fishinbo

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#3 posted 507 days ago

They turned out well, like the beautiful shapes specially the acorn and egg. With a bowl and finish, they’re perfect for a centerpiece.

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