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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Harvey, Michigan

    Knotted Curly Maple HF

    Every once in awhile I grab some of the ugliest chunks of wood and turn them just to see what if. This piece was roughed out a year ago and set aside to dry. Sure enough, the knots cracked as well as the stressed areas of the form as it dried. Oh well. Filled in the holes and cracks with epoxy mixed with used coffee grounds and turned it anyway.

    Maple hollow form with lots of curl, knots, bark and even a small branch. It is 7” in diameter x 6 ½” high and turned to 1/8” with the exception of the very bottom which was left at about Ύ” for ballast. As thin as this piece is, it is actually heavier than you would expect when you pick it up. Sanded to 320 and finished with multiple coats of gloss poly.

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    As always, your comments, opinions and critiques are welcome!

    Thanks for looking!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Steve, I can only wish I could turn something like that. I think it turned out very nice. Makes me rethink about my firewood pile. Nice form.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Bradford, Vermont
    What're you using for a hollowing system, Steve?
    -- Tim --

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    That's another nice one Steve. You seem to have an unending supply of nice ugly maple.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Harvey, Michigan
    Thanks guys - I appreciate the kind words!

    Tim - I used Randy's captured Monster system for this one. Didn't want to risk the articulated system as the cracks/voids went all the way into the form and really grabbed the bit when first starting to hollow. I have the captured set up/worn in so that it is very smooth to operate - so I just finished the piece with it.

    Vaughn - yup - still gots lots of maple rough outs to finish up before I have to go back out and find more wood. Nice thing about our area is there is an abundance of maple and I have gotten to the point I really like the curly stuff!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Tampa & NC

    Knotted curly Maple HF

    WOW,beautifull work

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Another winner Steve, you are putting the old adage of "Can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear" on it's head

    I really think the contrast of the "Flaws" compared to the rest of the wood, by using the dark colored fill is really cool!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Another beauty Steve. Really nice form and finish.
    Bernie W.

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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Des Moines, IA
    Very cool, Steve. Well done.

  10. #10
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Your projects amaze me
    Beautiful work.
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