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Forum topic by Madrona posted 06-14-2017 10:29 PM 829 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-14-2017 10:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: woodturning bowl found wood

Recent trip to northern Montana to visit my son’s family. Their home was built four years ago and a forest fire was in the area years before that.

While walking a path out to the lake, my wife picked up a piece of wood, obviously burned and now very weathered after years of deep snow and un-relenting heat. I thought maybe I could do something with it, even though it felt a little punky. So, I turned this and will be sending it back to my son and his wife as a way of saying thanks for their hospitality for a few days.

I noticed a few ants on it and when I started turning it, out they came! I vacuumed, dug with a screwdriver and vacuumed some more. Even microwaved it. Finally, no more ants, just this gaping hole where they set up shop.

-- Living In The Woods Of Beautiful Bonney Lake, Washington

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#1 posted 06-14-2017 10:34 PM

Good looking hunk of wood!

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#2 posted 06-14-2017 10:44 PM

amazing job that will make a wonderful keepsake. what did you polish it with

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#3 posted 06-14-2017 10:51 PM

That looks really neat! Do you know what kind of wood it is?

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#4 posted 06-15-2017 12:09 AM

The wood is some species of Pine. There are several different species on the property.

As far as what did I polish it with, the finish is Shellac. Perhaps more importantly, it’s what I sanded it with and I meant to include this in the original post.

In my opinion, every woodturner and woodworker should have at least one of these. I’ve been using one for over 40 years and have recently purchased several more off of eBay.

It’s a Sand-O-Flex and proves invaluable in sanding irregular surfaces, including live edge and natural edge bowls, etc. It’s held in a power drill or a drill chuck on the lathe.

-- Living In The Woods Of Beautiful Bonney Lake, Washington

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#5 posted 06-15-2017 03:41 AM

That is a beautiful piece of wood and your work with it is stunning!

Keep to the good work.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#6 posted 06-15-2017 12:06 PM

Now THAT’S a good looking piece of workmanship!


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#7 posted 06-15-2017 01:16 PM

That is cool

-- Larry

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#8 posted 06-15-2017 01:22 PM

And that is an example of “Trying not to be a turner”?

That’s a nice piece with a good story to go with it.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#9 posted 06-15-2017 01:23 PM

That is a nice centerpiece. I would have walked right by that and missed it’s inner beauty. Nice find and beautiful way to bring it back to life.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#10 posted 06-15-2017 01:58 PM

Nice piece. The poor ants probably don’t think so, though.

-- Dan

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#11 posted 06-15-2017 02:41 PM

Having lived in NM for nearly two decades and hiked the mountains there for over 40 years, I’d guess that wood is ponderosa pine.

-- Dale

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#13 posted 06-15-2017 02:52 PM

That is kool. Both in the just idea of using an old piece of “fire wood” and the product of that use.


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