I recently bought 2 blanks of ‘supposed’ stabilized hackberry. Obviously this one wasn’t the best of show.
The first image shows how the blank looked after some initial removal. I was concerned about this one when I drilled it but wanted to proceed anyway. I didn’t expect it to be this bad and expected it to fly apart at any moment while turning. After about 3 times of filling the void with chips, sawdust and CA glue, I did end up with something that some would say has ‘character’. At the worst point I could see part of the brass tube and the going was slow in order that I not stress the section too much.
Would you have tried this or scraped it and started over?
I now know a little of the difficulty in turning natural edge bowls!
Traditional roller ball pen.
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