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    Chinese elm closed form

    Started this from a splitting, cracking piece of firewood and it was difficult for me to finish, but it did get done. NOT real wet, not real dry... just difficult. Cracks were filled with black epoxy.

    4 1/2 high, ~ 4 1/4 at the widest. BLO, shellac, more BLO. amber shellac to try to get some color into it, a few coats of DO. Sanded back down some, BLO, shellac, sanded and a couple light coats of acrylic spray, then dried, sanded and hit with EEE on the wheel. No wax

    Thanks for looking,
    Michael
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    Looks mighty fine to me, Michael. The Chinese Elm I've turned has been some hard, edge-eating stuff. Looks sweet when it's finished out, though.
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    Sweet chunk of wood bud...nice base/foot...good finish. About time you got back in the swing!
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    I turn a lot of this wonderful hated wood When turning it, I hate it, I hate it, I HATE it, if is so freaking hard, it dulls tools in seconds, it can ring like a bell when it gets thin, and is just plain not fun to turn...... but when you get done, boy oh boy is it pretty!

    Nice job on the HF!
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    That's cool, MJ! It's probably just me, but I'd consider leaving the burn line off of the next one. I hate turning that stuff, but as Stu said, it sure is pretty when it's done. Great job on this one!

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    Sweet looking piece MJ. Really nicely done.
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    never tried the chinese elm but it sure is a sweet looking piece.

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    Those are really great looking.... I've never done Chinese Elm... probably wouldn't know the tree if it fell on me.... but I have some American Elm that has turned nicely and recently picked up some slippery elm from a friend after one of our latest wind storm... it's a nice wood... still pretty wet and green, but nice to work with.
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    Slippery Elm, I'm told, is close to Chinese Elm.

    I hear from the Japanese guys that the trick to turning this stuff is NOT to turn it completely dry, let it get to between 18 and 12% and final turn it. When really dry it is like concrete, of course I found this out after I had rough turned and dried about 30 bowl blanks
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    Thanks everybody! Stu, I probably should pay attention here as there's probably more of this chinese elm than cottonwood around here.... and that's lots.
    Question: Will the form, deform? or can I prevent that with DO or ???
    I guess I better go find a moisture meter.....
    Thanks again!
    Michael

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