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    Bog Yew vase

    I dont want this to sound big headed but i would not reccomend turning a log with rot and lots of splits- but this was a special piece of wood and worth the risk. I had a full face repirator/visor on and i have been hollow turning for allot of years so from experince i knew that it was risky but worth a go

    hello folks a friend of mine of the ukworkshop forum sent me some bog Yew- this is what i did with it.

    on first inspection of the log i thought that it would make a fabulous natural edge vase due to the shape of it- but then i noticed some splits at both ends and a small amount of rot at one end too so i decided against that idea and embarked upon a vase which would have some natural voids.

    I mounted it between centers with the softest end at the headstock

    I start roughing it out and straight away I find that my gouge is going blunt very quickly- in all during the outside shaping i sharpen my gouge about a dozen times!!

    I decide to use a 6" faceplate to avoid the rot but some screws still don't have any bite so i use all 18 holes.

    here you can see the best end

    a close up of some purple figure

    the winter sun was beaming into the workshop and playing havoc with my camera but heres the rough shape beginning to emerge

    a close up of the neck area

    at this point i am happy with the outside shape but have left extra wood for support whilst I hollow out the top 2/3rds.
    i was very aware of not knowing how far in that rot in the base went.
    here i apply some lemon oil to the cracks so that i can get some glue in but not stain the wood.

    because of the age of the timber and the voids and the fine cracks i have wrapped some "insurance tape" around the piece whilst i hollow.

    here i have hollowed down to 2/3rds and revealed some of the holes- i've repositioned the tape to allow shavings to get out of the holes thus making my job easier.

    here the outside is sanded to 400 grit but not oiled- i would have liked the base slightly smaller but i was very aware of the strength due to the rot

    oiled now- i will eventually get a satin finish on this piece but until it dries it will stay matt.

    heres the waste block- you can see that i didn't waste much and what i did waste wasn't fit for much

    here is the finished piece

    a big thank you to eugene (boysie39) for giving me the chance to turn such magical stuff.

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    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Another wonderful piece and pictorial on how to do it.

    I have loads of wood in similar state and I will use caution while trying this out just as you mentioned.
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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
    That's a very nice Hollow Form to end up with. Thanks for sharing!
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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Another fine pictorial, George. I've not seen the "oil before the CA glue" trick before. Staining from CA is a problem I've run into in the past. I'll have to try your method. I'm assuming the lemon oil evaporates off and leaves no stain itself. Is that correct?
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

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    kind of Vaughn- the oil dries very quickly- then the piece is sanded then its oiled all over with the same oil- once dry you can apply any finish you want over lemon oil.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Cornwall, England
    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Another fine pictorial, George. I've not seen the "oil before the CA glue" trick before. Staining from CA is a problem I've run into in the past. I'll have to try your method. I'm assuming the lemon oil evaporates off and leaves no stain itself. Is that correct?
    You can do the same with sealer as well vaughan. The sealer prevents the glue going into the surrounding wood and staining it.

    Lovely piece there George, haven't seen this one before. Looks really good. Does the yew cut anything like 'young' yew?


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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Great piece George and great pictures.
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    thank you for your kind comments

    this bog yew was very diffrent to work with than fresh yew- but hey if you'd been around for a couple of thousand years you might be a bit arkward to work with too the main diffrence was it knocked the edge of my tools very quickly

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    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Des Moines, IA
    Very cool. I think I have some old chunks laying around like that. Might just have to try that.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Not knowing the history of the wood, I would have just tossed that hunk back into the forest to finish rotting.
    You are to be complimented for sticking with it and finishing up into a unique piece of artistry. Your experience as a turner certainly comes through with that task.
    Definitely worth a....

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