Haven't been able to turn much for awhile, spring has sprung, new med's, phase of the moon, a visiting pup, (insert fourteen excuses, three whines, and a belly ache here).
Cut down a nice bearing pear tree that got hit by lightning last year, wasn't happy but it was dead as a hammer. Much to my dismay this thing had the most awesome root system this side of a giant redwood! The gentle pop it out the ground with the tractor plan went south and I discovered ten huge radial roots in a near perfect pattern. Nicely elongated roots top to bottom, should be a beautiful root ball, too big for me to turn so after cursing and digging half a day and saying more foul things about jamming my good chainsaw bar into the ground to cut roots I'm passing it on to a friend with a VB-36. One plus, I needed a junk bar for such occasions anyway! Kept a piece of trunk for myself and some heavy limbs. My piece of trunk must be entirely hollowed out into ant tunnels judging by the 379898849379978309739705973-1/3 red ants I have already removed and more keeping coming out!
Anyway, this little goblet, ice cream dish, junk bowl for a desk top, came from the pear tree. Three and a half wide by five and a quarter tall, maybe. Measured it a couple days ago. Put a dull finish I am trying to get right on it then buffed and waxed. The inside is a little less than pleasing, exaggerated by the fact I have no way to buff or sand inside. The line on the inside is mostly an indication of how far I could reach with my big beale buffing wheels. Getting better buffing, haven't let the last few pieces get ripped out of my hands and go bouncing across the concrete! Did rush the finish and waxing, should have let it dry a week while wiping down daily to get more of the oil back out of the wood that I am trying to use as a carrier for the varnish which I don't want on the surface but do want to protect. Oil and wax seem to be a little unhappy together. Maybe I'll toss it outside to bake a day or two wiping regularly and reapply the carnauba with a buffing wheel.
Anywho, this is my latest. An eighth to three-sixteenth thick, haven't measured. Bottom is hollowed to a similar thickness. Had a home for it before I started turning and I think they will be happy.
Photography is lousy, got to find a manual for this NOS Rebel. I don't know how to get to the items I want to set so I shot this outside on autopilot. I think the photographs are roughly the equivalent of a crash and burn!