|Project by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 03-23-2013 03:36 AM||1539 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
This is a storm fall salvage from my grandmother’s estate – in loving memory of Mildred & Sam Saperstein this copper beech tree came down in Super Storm Sandy in 2012 just before we sold the property. The tree had significant spalting and rotten sections and as luck would have it also has mineral stains and other unique grain patterns.
This is the third bowl turned from this material, the first is also posted. The second is in progress … Mike is working on that, a very cool small bowl with a high polish. We’ll post that project shortly. There is enough material to make several more bowls, vessels, wine stoppers, pens, and other unique turnings.
This particular bowl was taken from a section that was already rotten in the center, a cut off section of trunk with a hollow / soft core. It was stabilized with an epoxy process resulting in a very secure structure. I was able to turn it down to about 3/8-1/2” thick walls with a nice tapered curve to keep the live edge rim.
Mike and I both worked on this project – I’m keeping this one as an heirloom from my grandmother’s estate. We’ll be making several more for the family soon.
We have picked up a whole batch of new turning tools in the past few months and more are coming along with a bowl coring rig and a hollowing tool support system. For now we’re making due with a little leverage and some ducking and dodging when things catch!
We are also planning to make an assortment of custom rests ourselves just with a simple round stock and bar stock to allow a deep reach and a thin profile.
The lathe has been upgraded our Delta DL-40 now has a 3HP 3 phase frequency driven motor. We’ll post more on that soon! We can now hog out pieces like this with no problem. We’re still working on the detail of programming the system for torque compensation and overall power. We’re also going to change the pulley setup to up the torque overall and drop the top speed. The old DC 1.25hp motor served us well but was not able to hold speed anymore and parts are simply no longer available.
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com