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    Ash Root Ball Bowl...Finished

    This is another chunk of ash root ball from my neighbor's firewood pile. He gave it to me because he couldn't split it. Like some other pieces I got from this same tree, the roots engulfed a piece of lumber. My guess is that it was a redwood stake driven into the ground next to the tree when it was young.

    The finished bowl is about 14" wide and 6 1/2" tall. Finished with Antique Oil and spray lacquer. I was reluctant to buff the inside, so I rubbed out the finish going through all the Micro Mesh grits. I started the outside with Micro Mesh, and finished it up with the tripoli and wax buffing wheels.

    Sorry, I had a lot of pics to choose from, and couldn't decide which ones to post, so I'll do all of 'em.

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    well vaughn yu got another one of kind piece again and the ability to make that stay together and come out in one piece is amazing. on the one pic there is a red line is that a laser you use to position the cutter?
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    cool piece vaughn!
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    Way cool, you are a brave turner sir. My hat is off to you.

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    Nice piece Vaughn, Do you come across rocks often when working with root balls?
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    Very nice and artsy piece Vaughn, makes me want to dig up a few root balls. Also makes my hands hurt thinking about all those knobs sticking out to rap my knuckles as they come around....
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    Looks like some pretty "hairy" turning. You be a brave man.

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    That one need to be on display in my living room, on it's way to a gallery. It doesn't get any better. My hat is off to you Sir
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    Leaks

    If that is your idea of a bowl I wonder what the pots and pans in your kitchen must look like!

    As a bowl it looks to me as it may have a leak or two.

    Maybe you could fill those voids with glue and sawdust!


    Very nice work!

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    Walls look abit thick to me Vaughan. Perhaps you need to rechuck it and take another few mil off.

    Just joking. Lovely piece of turning. Bet you didn't know it'd be like that when you started did you?

    Pete

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