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07-01-2016 02:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: redwood burl bowl hollow form questions

What is he best way to cut these redwood burls and this old growth redwood root for bowls or hollow forms ?

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#1 posted 07-03-2016 10:40 AM

Lot has to do with finial design for either end or side grain bowl or hollow form. These are decisions only you can make.

Hard to say looking at photographs posted. I see some end checking & cracking which must be cut or turned away. Some end sealing needed if not going to turn and finish over the next couple days. Think you will end up with some interesting bowls, hollow forms and spindle projects eventually.

Good luck with it!

-- Bill

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#2 posted 07-03-2016 03:26 PM

What Bill said in the first paragraph. Also, if you want to turn end grain, after you’ve turned it to finish, and are ready to turn your first cross grain piece, you’ll find you made a mistake turning end grain. That’s my opinion only.

As to the second paragraph. Sorry, Mr. Bill, those checks and splits can only enhance the wood if you choose to incorporate them into the turning. There are a bunch of ways to overcome what some people consider waste wood. Of course, if you think turning with cracks and splits is unsafe, by all means, do not turn it. Again, my opinion only….... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#3 posted 07-03-2016 04:37 PM

Send em to me – I’ll figure it out ! ;o)

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#4 posted 07-12-2016 06:20 AM

Thank for the info I can’t wait to start turning. I get my first lathe in a few days

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#5 posted 07-12-2016 12:03 PM

Don’t start your turning experience using that wood. Find something else to practice on for quite a while. Seal those up and set them aside for a few months at least.

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