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    Spalted Sycamore Bowl

    I finished this (and another bowl) last weekend, but I finally got around to getting the pics off my camera and resized tonight. This bowl is spalted sycamore, about 9" x 3 1/2" tall. I rough-turned it a bit thinner than I should have, so by the time I re-turned it round, the walls were only about 3/16" thick, and I was shooting for more like 3/8".

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    I also guess it wasn't quite as dry as I thought when I re-turned it, because it didn't stay round for long. The profile picture shows the warped rim. It did all the warping after I applied the finish.

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    It's also got a few cracks in the bottom that I left as-is. It'll work fine as a fruit bowl; I don't need it to hold water. The finish is several coats of Formby's Tung Oil mix, buffed through white diamond and waxed with Renaissance Wax.

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    Comments and suggestions are welcome...
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    What a beautiful piece of wood! And nicely executed turning; it looks so smooth.
    What is sycamore like to turn?

    .....Gord

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    Vaughn.............you do nice work.
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    Looks good, I like the spalting on that one, not too much, and very defined lines!

    I've had bowl warp on the final turning MUCH worse than that, and they were out od the DNA bath, wrapped and left to dry for 2 or three months.

    I think sometimes the wood, when you get that thin, has it's own ideas.

    Looks great!
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    Pretty piece Vaughn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gord Rock View Post
    What a beautiful piece of wood! And nicely executed turning; it looks so smooth.
    What is sycamore like to turn?

    .....Gord
    Thanks for the compliments, Gord. It was pretty easy to turn...not as much tearout as the spalted hackberry I've played with. It smelled sort of like wet dog (or dog urine) when I was turning it, though. Pretty stanky.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    ...I've had bowl warp on the final turning MUCH worse than that, and they were out od the DNA bath, wrapped and left to dry for 2 or three months.

    I think sometimes the wood, when you get that thin, has it's own ideas.

    Looks great!
    I only let this one sit about 2 or 3 weeks after the alcohol bath. I suspect if I had left it thicker, it might have cracked more than it did. When wood decides to move, there's not much stopping it, huh? I turned another bowl from this wood, and it stayed intact nicely. I'll post pics of that one later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gord Rock View Post
    What is sycamore like to turn?
    I have the same question, but I hope to find out soon.

    Hello all ... this is my first post. I spent several hours last week processing a bunch of sycamore wood that our local club president gave away at our last meeting. None of it is spalted like Vaughn's, but there is a lot of pink in the heartwood from this particular tree. (I'll start a separate thread with photos, etc.)

    Meanwhile ... nice job, Vaughn!

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    Hey Kerry, welcome to the family. I think you'll like turning the sycamore. And $Free is always a good price.
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    I like it, I like it. You guys are tempting me . . . get thee behind me, spinny-things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    I like it, I like it. You guys are tempting me . . . get thee behind me, spinny-things.
    Careful there, Glenn. You're sounding about like I did a year ago. Once the sirens of the Abyss start singing, you're already in too deep.
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