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Thread: Returning To Some Old Bowl Blanks....

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    Returning To Some Old Bowl Blanks....

    Digging through my piles of stuff, I found eight old Keyaki Bowl blanks. This wood is also known as Zelkova, it is a VERY hard local Elm, when dry it turns like concrete or glass,
    hard, hard stuff, have to sharpen all the time and take LIGHT cuts......





    Well this one did not go so well, I did not like the inside shape of the rim and I went back and tried to make just one more cut.... BOOM shrapnel flying!
    Sure glad I was wearing my Uvex Bionic face shield that thing is great!


    Sigh...


    I did have more success with these ones




















    All finished with just mineral oil, these are mean to be used, not put on a shelf, so for bowls that are used I really like jut plain mineral oil, you can refresh it easily and it works well, IMHO.


    I have three more of these to do, and I checked them all, the are all at about 9% moisture content, which is very dry.


    I learned a while back that the traditional Japanese turners who work with this wood a LOT and make really nice thin bowls out of it work it at between 22%-18% moisture content, apparently if you turn then and turn it thin you get very little warping as it dries, I'll have to try that the next time I get some.


    Cleaning out some old inventory.


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    Really some nice looking wood and bowls. That last one pictured being my favorite of the gaggle.
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    GREAT stuff Stu! Good to see you turning again.
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    What are the dimensions Stu? For OCE (Other Country Education) what would you use them for in your place? Beautiful job by the way!!
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    Very nice Stu. Zelkova has been widely planted as a substitute for american elm in our area over the last twenty years. I have yet to acquire any, but that grain sure looks nice.

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    Stu, can you submerge a dry blank in a water bath and leave it overnight or a few days/weeks/months and regain moisture?
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    Nicely done, Stu. Regarding the first pic, I'm convinced some pieces of wood simply don't want to be a bowl. That's one of them

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    Stu, can you submerge a dry blank in a water bath and leave it overnight or a few days/weeks/months and regain moisture?
    The wood will soak up some of the moisture, but that won't cause it to behave the way wet wood typically does. When the wood dries, the cells seal up in a way that they can never really regain the moisture they once held. In some cases it can help make for smoother cuts, but it's because the water is acting as a lubricant, not because the wood is softer.
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    Yeah, once the wood is no longer green that ship has sailed.
    And one more, lots of work to bring this one off the lathe in good shape, but I think it was worth it!





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    Great shape to that one, Stu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Reed View Post
    Great shape to that one, Stu.
    Seconded.
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