Hello All! Long time no visit!
Some neighbors took down a "cotton-less cottonwood" in May of last year. (Oops - I mean 2009.) I carted off a few good chunks of it, slabbed it out ... and some of it even got sealed before I was interrupted by something-or-other.
Within a day or two I took a piece back over to my neighbors, still attached to the scroll chuck, just to show them the kind of wild grain I was seeing in the wood from their tree. I goofed with the piece a little more, then "retired" (temporarily) from woodturning at some point ... with the piece still in my chuck.
My shop didn't see much of me last year (2010), until a couple days before Christmas. While installing a new tool chest, I kept having to move various things out of my way ... including this piece-with-chuck-attached. I decided to just sand it one more time, turn the bottom, and get rid of it once and for all:
Top Side w/Flash
Top Side, No Flash
Bottom Side (No Flash)
(I just now noticed the torn grain the lower-left quadrant of that last pic. Sigh....)
Anyway -- I took it to my neighbors on Christmas Eve (unwrapped) and handed it to the husband outside. He thanked me for it, and then asked (in a nice way) "What do I do with it?"
I said that he could serve M&Ms in it, or let the kids use it for marble games, or whatever, and left it at that. (How should I know, right?)
The diameter was probably around 9 inches. There are several things I don't like about how I "turned myself into a corner" on this one, but hey - it's gone, and I have my chuck back!
PS - I neglected to administer the "banana test" on this one ... but I'm pretty sure it would have passed.