Blood Brother

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Project by trifern posted 08-18-2008 12:05 AM 1823 views 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece is turned from bloodwood. How ironic. I turned a small tenon to clamp onto so I could reverse chuck and do a really nice foot as the last step. I was using the wrong tool, in the wrong place, while standing in the wrong place, while not wearing my face shield. I had a nasty catch, the tenon snapped and threw the bowl spinning at 1300 rpm into my face. It hit me in the nose. I suffered a pretty nasty cut but was fortunate not to break my nose or have any serious injuries. What a minute, didn’t I just write a forum on always wearing a face shield while turning? Practice what you preach or suffer the consequences. Anyway, hence the name – Blood Brother. It was finished with Seal-A-Cell and wipe-on poly. Note to self; wear a face shield.

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

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#1 posted 08-18-2008 12:24 AM

This one looks great: I hope the color isn’t the blood from your nose. Hind sight is always 20/20, skin heals, and blood clots.

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

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#2 posted 08-18-2008 12:28 AM

Naughty boy Trifern. You know the old story “once bitten twice shy”, what happened to you?. Will have to send you down here for some serious counselling. LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 08-18-2008 12:36 AM

“WOW” that bloodwood looks great. Your a pro on the lathe. How many pieces do you turn in a months time.
As many pieces that I’ve seen that you have turn. You could right your own book. Keep up the exellent work.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Callum Kendall

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#4 posted 08-18-2008 12:43 AM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#5 posted 08-18-2008 12:47 AM

Trifern, sorry to hear about the spin-off. Brianinpa, said it all.

The grain pattern is amazing, was it developed through the glue up or was the piece tooled from a block?

-- Norm (AKA - The Maddhatter), Middletown DE

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#6 posted 08-18-2008 12:49 AM

WOW is an understatement on this project , but that is exactly what I said when I saw it ….Thank God you’re alright Trifern : ) Lesson learned and thank you for the face shield warnings : ) The turning and the finish are awesome !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 08-18-2008 01:00 AM

Talk about “bloodwood”!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 08-18-2008 01:10 AM

Now that’s pretty vessel!

keep up the great work.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#9 posted 08-18-2008 01:11 AM

Beautiful work !! , the color is outstanding

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#10 posted 08-18-2008 01:29 AM

Maddhatter, this was turn from a single block of wood.

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

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#11 posted 08-18-2008 01:42 AM

She is both a beut and brute…the grain is stunning!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#12 posted 08-18-2008 02:18 AM

Your work is amazing and inspiring. Thanks for the safety reminder. Rapidly spinning hunks of hard wood still scares me about as much as spinning sharpened plates of metal.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#13 posted 08-18-2008 03:24 AM

When in a fight with a bloodwood bowl, never lead with your nose. Sorry it hit you, but glad it didn’t shatter or get bunged up. It’s a true beauty.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#14 posted 08-18-2008 04:01 AM

Looks like you’re finely tuning your wood turning skills. Great looking stuff coming from ya!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#15 posted 08-18-2008 04:30 AM

Very nice, glad to hear your wern’t seriously injured.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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