.............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.
Almost a funnel, could still be a lamp shade
Some neat grain and pattern
The form is not the best, but I was looking for thin, to see how it dries
This is the thicker one, about 1/4" thick, most of the way round
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....
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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