Eucalyptus Hollow Forms

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Project by Brian Havens posted 05-08-2013 09:26 PM 1219 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These two hollow forms are the result of my exploring the use of grain orientation. Both forms come from the same tree. In fact they come from the same piece of wood, adjacent to each other. Apart from having a difference in profile, they differ only in the orientation of the grain whilst turned. The first form was turned with the bottom of the form facing the pith of the tree and the top of the wood facing the bark. This resulted in the top of the form being sapwood and the grain lines being horizontal, flowing around the form. The second form was turned with one side facing the pith and the opposite side facing the bark, and with the axis (top to bottom) perpendicular to the log. This resulted in the sapwood being on one side of the form, and vertical grain lines on two sides and circular grain lines on the two other sides.

Wood: Red Ironbark Eucalyptus
Finish: Pre-cat lacquer
Crack: Filled with CA glue and coffee grinds

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#1 posted 05-08-2013 11:24 PM

Both are very striking Brian. At first glance I thought I liked the horizontal grain best but upon continued observation both forms were very appealing. Although I don’t do much turning I am very conscientious of
grain orientation when building. It is surprising how much of an effect it has here. Was that regular or decaf?

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#2 posted 05-09-2013 12:44 AM

Great way to satisfy yourself Brian do one of each, The vertical shows up the sap real well as a contrast, whereas the vertical has a a nice “global” swirl to it. I dont mind either way
Nice timber & it looks a nice finish as well :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 05-09-2013 04:53 AM

Nice work. First thing I thought of was a giant Hazel nut ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 05-09-2013 11:32 AM

Wonderful pieces. I learned something new today. I will have to remember this when I get back to turning.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#5 posted 05-09-2013 01:59 PM

Next time try a slanted grain. I bet that would be interesting.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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