|Project by Thuzmund||posted 02-13-2014 05:28 AM||1184 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
This was my last piece of a spalted maple log. I am just learning how to turn, so a couple months back I quartered the logs and left them to dry—and they all cracked. Now I know! :)
Not wanting to waste this cool wood, and since I’ve had success turning wood with rot holes and cracks before, I went ahead and turned this bowl. I tried to make an interesting profile and follow richard raffan’s advice about the wall thickness getting thinner as you go down. Basically I just wanted to get some fancy shmancy curves and make it feel nice in the hand.
I think I did a good job, but I probably made the wall too thin. Literally as I made THE last whispery finish scrape to the lip of the bowl, the chisel bit just a teeny bit and the bowl exploded into two symmetrical halves. Good thing I wear face protection because I was leaning over to perform that “final touch.” Mine is not the midas touch—it’s the touch of death!!
I thought, what the hell—super glue it back up, scrape again as best as possible, and put some beeswax on it. I like the shape and i’m trying to explore how to make bowls look more attractive. (I was thinking “woman” as I made this one. But maybe a little wide at the top though hahaha)
I reckon that this bowl will dry a bit and warp, at which time it will come apart once again, irreparably. These pictures will be all that’s left!
Lesson: You do NOT need a lot of thrust for a tool to catch and explode a piece with a crack in it. Be prepared for accidents if you wanna try cracked wood! Always be prepared for danger! And keep some CA glue handy :)
-- Here to learn