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    Russian Olive HF

    This Russian Olive blank was cracked really bad. But I love the wood so I decided to try and save it by filling the cracks. I used black epoxy mixed with copper shavings on the big cracks, just epoxy on the smaller ones. The blank had a big divot in the top so I just started hollowing and let the opening follow the shape of the divot. It has an egg shape overall. It's 7 x 5.5 inches. Antique Oil but not buffed yet.
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    Interesting piece! How is that to turn? We actually have a lot of those growing along the river here. Thanks!
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    Really neat. Good save!
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    I like it, Curt. The egg form works well on this one.
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    I like the form and the filling job.
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    That's a very unique, great looking piece!
    Nice save.
    The cracks give the piece some great character.
    Well done.

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    Curt, the pics don't do the effort justice. You usually have a slam, outta the park, see ya when I get back kinda home run. It shows in the small details here. Real nice save!!
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    Beautiful Curt. I have turned some RO but most had a lot of wind shake as they were in wind breaks.
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    Thanks everyone!

    Quote Originally Posted by michael james View Post
    Interesting piece! How is that to turn? We actually have a lot of those growing along the river here. Thanks!
    mj
    Michael, russian olive is really pretty crappy wood to turn. But it can have some really interesting grain and colors that can make it worth it. But in general, it tears really bad and requires some pretty heavy duty sanding to get a decent finish. And it stinks when it's green.

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    Curt, nicely done. I really like it.

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