Fire rescue #2

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Project by Bill posted 08-02-2013 01:50 PM 1850 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The stand for this walnut wing bowl was at one time the top to a vase that stated cracking from the bottom up while I was hollowing it out on the lathe. Tried to speed things up a bit by cutting the neck off so I could get into it quicker, but that didn’t work either. Threw it into the woodpile forgot about it.

Made the wing bowl last week, instead of mounting the log between centers lengthwise, you turn it the wrong way, so that the 16 inch long log is spinning like a helicopter on the lathe. I like to make one of these every now and then because they look cool, but mostly because they are substantially more dangerous than normal turning.

Back to the stand… My 8 year old daughter picked that piece up to throw it into the fire, I fished it out and brought it into the lathe and made a little display stand with it for the winged bowl.

Bowl is fifteen inches across, about 3 inches tall, stand is three inches tall and two inches diameter. both are finished with lacquer and wax.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 08-02-2013 02:09 PM

Whoa, now that’s a class piece there my friend. I do admire me some “Wing Turnings” I’ve been doing them since 1980 or so. I was looking for a challenge , and found one. I haven’t stood in front of an “airplane propeller” on the lathe in several years though. I am finishing up a 2nd lathe now that has a 22”+ swing over the bed so soon I’ll be turning 44+ inch propellers for the hell of it. (if my silly streak remains dominant) However, I would find it near impossible to top that pretty walnut piece you completed. I have always loved the contrasts in bark,sapwood and heartwood in walnut. When executed as well as you have with this piece , it is absolutely gorgeous ! Thanks for sharing ! P.S. wish I had a firewood pile like yours ! don s. Havana Fl.

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#2 posted 08-02-2013 02:51 PM

How do you mount the rough log on the lathe for such a thing?
EDIT: I know you said the log goes sideways, but I meant how is it attached.

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#3 posted 08-02-2013 03:17 PM

Nice Save!!! That is a beautiful piece!

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#4 posted 08-02-2013 04:25 PM

Nice piece. You and fire???LOL!

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#5 posted 08-02-2013 06:02 PM

@ joe, I drill a one inch diameter hole one inch deep on opposite sides, use a two prong drive center on one side and a live center on the other. Turn a tennon on the live side and remount in a nova style chuck. You’ve got to get the speed up as high as you are comfortable, I had this one at over 1000 rpm. Just make sure to wear a full face sheild… sometimes these things get explosive. Sanded and finished off lathe.

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#6 posted 08-02-2013 06:08 PM

Thanks. I will be trying it ths weekend!

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#7 posted 08-02-2013 07:37 PM

Very nice piece, I have not seen something turned like that before….looks great.

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#8 posted 08-02-2013 09:22 PM

That is a fantastic creation. You are an artist. Absolutely great looking lathe project. Just brilliant.

-- "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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#9 posted 08-03-2013 10:33 AM

It’s an amazing bowl, and the stand is a nice save from the fire. I’m having a bit of trouble understand how it gets from a hunk of wood to the finished product. Your comment to Joe makes sense and I was wondering if you could include some pictures while it’s being made the next time you make another one. Thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 08-03-2013 05:57 PM

Very nicely done! I love doing these and square winged bowls.

For those who have not done this before: Two tips (I saw these first on Tim Yoder’s PBS programs), that will help save you fingers and your sanity while turning a “ghost”.

With the lathe off -swing the blank horizontal to your tool rest and mark with a piece of masking tape ON THE TOOL REST where the end of the blank is.

With the blank is turning, you are turning air a good portion of each rotation at the ends. So the ends “vanish” in a ghost image. Just remember if you put you tool / fingers over the tape and you are now in the line of fire.

Another one is to put a 5” folded over tab of tape on each end of the blank at it’s widest points. The theory is if while you cannot see the end of the blank while it is turning, if you get your fingers too close to where they don’t belong your fingers will hit the tab of tape BEFORE your fingers hit the blank and you will feel/hear that first instead of feeling/hearing the blank mashing/tearing up/off your fingers.

One both tips -reposition the tape as needed while you turn down the blank.

Have fun turning everyone!


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#11 posted 08-03-2013 07:59 PM

Ohhhhhhhh, I can vision a Vodka infused watermelon sittin on that fine wing pedestal… :) The stand is also fantastic.

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#12 posted 08-06-2013 04:04 PM

Awesome looking bowl. Great shape and interesting design. Like the stand which is perfect to showcase the bowl. Excellent work!

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#13 posted 01-18-2014 05:49 AM

nice work on this and great story…

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