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    Potpourri Pot

    I've been working on the lathe this week. Recently my brother and I cut out some 40 year old shrubs from my parents home and I kept a couple of the root balls. I wanted to make something from it to give back to them so I made this little potpourri pot.
    It's only about 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" . I soaked it in denatured alcohol for a few days then air dried it a few more. The wood is very hard and cracks all over the place. There is no way to cut out a pith because there are piths all over it. I finished it with CA glue in hopes that might help stabilize the wood a little. I think it turned out well and I learned a few things along the way.

    Tom
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    Very Nice Tom. Amazing what beauty is hidden in a root ball.
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    Hi,

    I saw this and brought Myrna to see it. "It's gorgeous.", she said. I say the same.

    Thanks for sharing. It is a happy time.

    Enjoy,

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    Great work, Tom. Welcome to root ball turning. They can be a challenge to turn, but I've never had one disappoint me.
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    Beautiful job Tom!! The shape isn't my favorite, but the wood, finish and effort are excellent
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    My favourite type of wood as it is always full of surprises. I am also not so keen on the shape but what the heck, with wood like that who cares about the shape? Hope they are pleased with it.

    pete

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    Tom like the rest i think it's a really nice piece. I really like turning root, as a matter of fact , i'm working on one right now. If it don't explode i'll be posting picks later.
    Steve

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    Tom, very nice work. Some very pretty wood. I have a root ball sitting on my shop floor right now. Been there about 2 years. I didn't know where to start with it. Now I do.
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    nice grain in the root ball......now ill have to find one and try it....LOL
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