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Blog entry by trifern posted 2258 days ago 1415 reads 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at turning green wood. I have been encourage and coached by a friend and new Lumberjock, Terry. I roughly turned the blank into the shape I wanted. I left the wall thickness approximately 10% of the bowl diameter. I may have left a little too much? After turning the bowl inside and out, I submerged it in denatured alcohol. I will let it soak for 24 – 36 hours, flash the alcohol off for 2 -3 hours, wrap it in a brown paper grocery bag, date it, and allow it to dry for 4 – 6 weeks. I will then finish turning, sanding and finishing.

I am certainly open to any other suggestions and or feedback.

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



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Grumpy

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#1 posted 2258 days ago

Trifern, there is a way to season wood (this sort of size range). You do it in a microwave oven, preferably not the one your wife uses for cooking. If you are interested I will send you the recipe, whoops the instructions.

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

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lew

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#2 posted 2258 days ago

Trifern,

Have had pretty good luck just skipping the alcohol and wrapping the roughed blank in 6-8 layers of newspaper. After a month or so, re-wrap with new newspaper and put on back on the shelf for another month or so. Depending on the thickness of the walls/bottom, you may have to leave it dry even longer. Recently made a 12” dia. maple salad bowl and it was still wet at the wall/bottom transition after 4 months. I have read where some turners pack the hollowed out bowl with shavings to stabilize the drying process. I don’t know if it helps because I haven’t had enough experience with that procedure.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Douglas Bordner

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#3 posted 2258 days ago

Trifern,
Now you are in trouble. Ever roadside log or downed tree will become a fascination. It’s pretty addictive, this urban foraging…
Here is a link to a great author, Howard Lewin – with a lot of information on the subject, including a pitch about letting nature take it’s course in the final shaping of the bowls. http://www.customwooddesign.com/turninggreenwood-1.html

Another great resource is a LJ member Steve Russell, who is a professional bowl turner and an avid teacher with a very informative monthly newsletter and a website chock full of freebies and other goodies.

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

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teenagewoodworker

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#4 posted 2258 days ago

looking good trifern! don’t know much about turning but I’ll be interested in what other have to say. thanks for the post.

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Terry

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#5 posted 2258 days ago

Glad to see you have had a chance to get at that blistered Maple. You have a very nice shaped bowl. Can’t wait to see the end results. I ordered a Woodcut bowl saver so I dont all mine onto the shop floor. You may have to come up one night and see how it works.

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trifern

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#6 posted 2258 days ago

Grumpy, send me your recipe. I would be interested in reading it.

Douglas, very interesting links and articles. I really appreciate your help and information.

Terry, send me an email or call me. I would love to see your new toy in action. I have been curious to see how the coring tools work. I would also like to see your laser hollower work as well.

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

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jockmike2

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#7 posted 2257 days ago

Hey Tri, I just now saw your new quest. I’ve turned green before but never did anything to it, except a couple bowls I put them in some Polycryl, a product you can get from Woodcraft Magazine, it’s supposed to fill the dead cells and harden them. It works, but too darn expensive. Good luck.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dusty56

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#8 posted 2181 days ago

Hi Joe , I followed your link from one of your newest turnings to here …have you ever completed this bowl and posted it ?

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

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trifern

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#9 posted 2181 days ago

Hey Dusty, it was Blistered Bottom.

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

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trifern

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#10 posted 2181 days ago

Birth Mark was also turned using this process.

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

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Dusty56

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#11 posted 2181 days ago

Blistered Bottom is magnificient !!

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

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#12 posted 2179 days ago

thanks for this… been favorited.

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