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Project by trifern posted 07-22-2008 10:33 PM 1536 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second attempt at turning green. I rough turned this 3 weeks ago, soaked it in denatured alcohol, and air dried it in brown paper bags. It is turned from blistered maple. It measures 5” tall by 8.5” wide. It is finished with Seal-A-Cell and wipe-on poly. The photos do not do this justice. The grain patterns are spectacular and appear 3D.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#1 posted 07-22-2008 10:35 PM

Very nice, it came out great. I realy like that wood.

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#2 posted 07-22-2008 11:06 PM

Spectacular is the exact word for this!

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#3 posted 07-23-2008 12:00 AM

Wow, and the wood is excellent too!


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#4 posted 07-23-2008 12:13 AM

Beautiful wood selection and nice bowl form.

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#5 posted 07-23-2008 12:32 AM

Great work!

Thanks for the post


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#6 posted 07-23-2008 12:49 AM

How long did you soak it in the alcohol before letting it dry? Awesome work!

-- Rich, WNY,

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#7 posted 07-23-2008 01:13 AM

Beautiful bowl, you did a very nice turn

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#8 posted 07-23-2008 01:30 AM

Joe, that looks excellent. Keep it up. I’m learning from you now.

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#9 posted 07-23-2008 02:49 AM

Great bowl. I haven’t done any green turning (yet), so I will be the first to ask: why soak in denatured alcohol?

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#10 posted 07-23-2008 02:56 AM

I love the grain. Now I have to look up what turning green means.

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#11 posted 07-23-2008 03:39 AM

trifern, I am new to turning and would be interseted in learning the drying method you used ,and the bowl really came out beautiful.

-- F.Little

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#12 posted 07-23-2008 04:24 AM

Another beauty there, Joe. Thanks also for turning us onto the DNA drying.
There are some good links out there…

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#13 posted 07-23-2008 04:54 AM

Wow, I think the pictures look great. If it looks better in real life it must really be something.

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#14 posted 07-23-2008 05:12 AM

Nice one Joe.

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#15 posted 07-23-2008 05:18 AM

Thanks for all the kind remarks. I appreciate them all.

This is my blog on the turning green process. I was turned on to the process from some very skilled wood turners from the turning club I recently joined. I was told that it is the way to go. My theory is that that it works similar to the brining process for meat and poultry. I think the denatured alcohol replaces the water in the wood. SInce alcohol evaporates faster than water, it speeds up the drying process. But I’m not a chemist, just an ametuer turner and it has worked so far.

This is some of the blister maple I scored a few weeks ago.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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