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    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan

    An Experiment............

    .............OK, I've been told that this Keyaki stuff (Japanese Zelkova or "Zelkova Serrata") is turned to final size wet, then dried, then sanded and finished.

    I know from experiance that when dry, turning concrete, WITH rebar would be easier than turning this stuff.

    I'm going to give this a whirl and see how it goes.

    I turned the first bowl VERY thin, only about 2mm, so what is that, an 1/8"...

    In fact, it got below that on the bottom (again!) but this is just to see how it dries.

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    Getting thin!

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    Almost a funnel, could still be a lamp shade

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    Some neat grain and pattern

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    The form is not the best, but I was looking for thin, to see how it dries
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    This is the thicker one, about 1/4" thick, most of the way round

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    The bottom is a different color because of I used the donut chuck to turn away the tennon, and in the time between finishing the outside and truning away the bottom, the wood dried that much....

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    The inside, nice grain, but there is also a branch pith, so we shall see what happens there...........

    One more thing, I'm fairly pleased with my speed, start to finish for both bowl, took me about 90 minutes, I know I'm still slow compared to experianced turners, or Pros, but I used to take me twice that for just one bowl!

    I'll update these and see how they turn out....
    Last edited by Stuart Ablett; 02-20-2007 at 05:45 PM.
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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    London, Ontario
    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    I turned the first bowl VERY thin, only about 2mm, so what is that, an 1/8"...
    Nope. My ruler says it is just a touch over 1/16th. Somewhere between 1/16th and 3/32nds

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