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    Cracked, Warped, and Worm-Eaten

    This is madrone burl, about 5" wide and 4" tall. In the past, I've had madrone burl crack while drying, so I turned this one to finished thickness and sanded inside and out to 220 grit while it was still wet. After the DNA bath and a few weeks of drying, it cracked nicely (as I was hoping it would) and warped a bit. I didn't re-turn it...I wanted it to be warped. I only sanded the outside by hand to 600 grit and picked out the worm tracks to open up the tunnels. It's finished with Formby's Tung Oil mix inside and out, and buffed with tripoli only, then Renaissance Wax.

    The outside surface has lots of subtle (and not so subtle) variations. I left the inside just as it came out of the DNA, so it's relatively smooth, but a definite contrast from the outside. Lots of tactile stuff on this piece. It's fun to hold and study.

    Once again, I couldn't choose just a couple pictures, so you'll have to wade through a stack of 'em.

    Attachment 8455 Attachment 8454 Attachment 8453 Attachment 8456 Attachment 8458 Attachment 8459 Attachment 8457 Attachment 8460

    I've got three more blanks about this size that I plan to turn soon. Something to break up the monotony of the red eucalyptus.

    Comments or critiques are welcome.
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    Vaughn,

    Now, that is really special. Maybe my favorite so far of all you've done. With worm holes, even. Very cool!

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    It'll never hold water.

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    nice contrast btwn the two sides, the one with big holes, the other with cracks.

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    "Cracked, Warped, and Worm-Eaten"

    Don't be running this down Vaughn....It's a beauty! That wood really has some character!

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    If it's neat and round, it's just another craft show turning. If it's warped, cracked and worm eaten, it's art.
    Actually, a very attractive piece.
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    Man, what a two faced turning!

    From the one side, the wormy side, I'd call it "Shotgun"
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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    Yer gettin kinda good at this turnin stuff! That's another, in a long line, of very nice pieces. Thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Fitzgerald View Post
    "Cracked, Warped, and Worm-Eaten"

    Don't be running this down Vaughn....It's a beauty! That wood really has some character!
    I'm not running it down at all, Ken. I was pleased as punch all three "defects" showed up.

    Thanks for the compliments, guys...
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    That couldn't have morphed any better if you could planned it. Very nice looking piece.

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    VERY NICE,
    Art said it wouldnt hold water?????
    How about beer!!

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