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Thread: the splitin of a joined limb area in a tree!!!!

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    the splitin of a joined limb area in a tree!!!!

    ok yu spinny folk, i got guy wanting a couple of walnut crotches??? no problem got a few handy,, but how do you cut them for you spinny guys.. i have got two chunks made for this guy outa walnut crotch and tried to get all the pith off.. but if yu cut it one way you get a nice feather look but if you cut 90 degrees differnt you get a big slingshot looking thing., which is the pic showed on bill grumbines 2 cd... so any pics i am kinda dense sometimes
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    crotch cutun???

    I'd say, Larry, a basic cut like Chas Jones did on the piece he posted should work. As for the Pith, I don't think I'd worry about that. Let them do that part.

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    Larry, for the crotches I've cut up, I just split the slingshot into two matched slingshots. Something like this...

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    These two pics are not of the same chunk of wood, but I think they'll give enough of an idea what I'm doing.
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    thats what i thought vaughn but the purty grain goes away fast, and what about the inclusions that are usually there in the crotch? woops for you this doesnt apply you turn porus stuff all the time
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    Yep, the feathering sometimes isn't very deep. That's why you probably see a more feathered crotchwood platters than bowls or hollow forms. The inclusions are sort of a gamble. Sometimes they are a problem, and other times they aren't. In the attached example, I should be able to get a nice piece with no inclusions if I center the piece like this:

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    Although this PDF doesn't show how to cut up a crotch, there's some good info here about different ways to get a bowl or hollow form blank out of a log:

    http://www.woodturnersresource.com/e...urn_Object.pdf

    To give due credit, this was apparently a handout by Todd Hoyer from years ago, but my buddies over at Woodturner's Resource have it in their reference library now.
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    thanks vaughn,, now i know where to go,, yup been told before
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    Vaughn,

    Do you make your crotch cuts with a chain saw or do you bring it to a band saw?

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    Please change thread title.
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    Thanks Vaughn. I have come across some pieces at the local recycling and compost dump and that will help me decide how to turn them. I really need more time to be able to broaden my internet research.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    ...and what about the inclusions that are usually there in the crotch?
    That's the gamble we have to take. I have seen the bowl split at the joint and threw two half bowls into orbit. That concluded the professional demo. There was no catch.
    Gordon

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