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Thread: Last Walnut I'll ever turn.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix

    Last Walnut I'll ever turn.

    My niece is getting married on Sat and asked me to make her a bowl as a wedding present. I had a peice of walnut laying around and ifgured that it would fit the bill. This piece had a history. George Conklin gave it to me. He bought some walnut and when he tried turning it he had an alergic reaction to it so he decided to find a new home for it. He offered it to me so I traded him some eucliptys for it. When I chucked it up the first time and rough turned it then left it in between centers to finish the next day. Well the next day I came out and found it had developed large craks.
    I decided to let it dry out and see what happened, That was 2 years ago.
    Fast forward two years. I chucked it up and finished turning it then started sanding it. I quite sanding yesterday planning on finishing today. I woke up this morning with a sever Alergic reaction to the walnut and didn't know what to do. I talk about that problem in this thread. It's to late turn another out of something else so I asked my sone to finish sanding it. Here is the bowl.Attachment 43124Attachment 43123It's 8 1/2" x 4.5 " and I stopped at 3/16". I was afraid to go any thinner due to the history of the wood. This is after 10 coats of satin wipe on poly. I wanted to keep th e design simple to not take away from the geat wood.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Looks great Don. Bummer on the allergy. I thought I had a allergy to sycamore but found out it had poison ivy vine that had grown up the trunk. So I am pretty careful to take the bark of most woods with gloves.
    Bernie W.

    Retirement: That’s when you return from work one day
    and say, “Hi, Honey, I’m home – forever.”

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

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