Flipped the switch and it actually started, Been so long that I wasn't sure how the lathe would react to being handled again... Up to our belly buttons in Ice and Snow and everything I had to do yesterday and today and most likely tomorrow has been canceled, Good news/bad news but the good news part is yesterday I spent the day cleaning up the ole shoppe and today I was playing around with a loverly piece of Flaming Box Elder that showed up in the wood pile. Did some slicing and dicing but managed a small chunk with lots of red. Only thing is there is some inclusion (hole and worms and bark etc) right in the middle of the best of the red flames.
As a rule I am not turned on with inclusions and natural edges (although there are a bunch of you guys who do turn them and get agog over fellows postings) personal preference, I got to be different. But I have turned them and perhaps the reason I don't care for them is I have never been successful, OK so why bring it up?
My question for the asstute among you is the prep for the turning, I found out why my firewood is such a devil to keep lit, it is green as if it still had leaves (think I got the weenie when the fellows came by with the good deal on a cord of wood) Any how.... back at the ranch... I turned a blank to the rounded shape of a hollow form I think I will try. Am presently soaking it in DA asi the juices were flowing as I turned. The wood arround the inclusion of bark is sound but on the other side the wood seems a bit punky and I know I will not be able to make a decent piece with the spounge wood. So, I was considering trying to stableize it (after it cures from the DA soaking and sobers up.) is this the best way to go? Perhaps a vacuum soak in thinned Poly?
How do you guys keep the inclusions from freeing themselves when you turn then? This will be a learning experience for me, who knows I might like that kind of turning.