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Thread: Some Faulty Wood From a Buddy of Mine

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Some Faulty Wood From a Buddy of Mine

    A friend of mine sent an ugly little piece of ironwood to me a while back, but I'll bet if he knew this was hiding inside, he might have kept it for himself. Turned real easy wet, but lived up to its ironwood name when dry. Sharp tools left a nice clean cut, though. It's about 4 3/4" wide by 3 3/4" high, with walls about 3/16" thick. I finally quit thinning it up last night when I noticed I could flex the top part of the piece about 1/8". (Having a full penetration inclusion around 180 degrees of the body didn't help.) It's finished with a coat of Antique Oil and a few coats of spray Deft lacquer. No buffing, but I'll hand wax it in a few days with Renaissance Wax.

    Sorry for the raft of pics, but this wood is too pretty to pick just one or two shots. For such a little piece, it's got a lot to look at.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Lemme know what you think...good, bad or ugly.
    Very lovely !! I can only imagine the trepidation you felt as you approached your desired thickness, especially with that inclusion - holy moley!!

    So .... you asked for it ...

    It's good !! You're a bad turning dude!! and ... it's UGLY!! (in the same way that kids say that something really cool is "sick" ... oh boy ... do I ever feel old )

    cheers eh?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Pickles Gap, Arkansas
    Great work, Vaughn! The color and curl is very nice! The inclusion(s?) make it even more interesting and really give it some great character.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Wow Vaughn, must have been a pucker factor of at least an "8" eh?

    Sure did turn out nice!

    I really like the neck, or collar on this one, really like that, I'll have to file that one away for future reference!

    Oh, about the pics, you know us, we all HATE pic.............. yeah right
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Kutztown PA
    Very nice Vaughn! Don't those inclusions make for some exciting turning!?!
    Bill Grumbine

  6. #6
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    Jun 2007
    Largo, Florida (The Jewel of Senile)
    Great looking piece, Vaughn.
    So why do we call that missing piece an "inclusion?" Shouldn't that be an "Exclusion?"

    Pretty sure that woud have wound up being several pieces all over my shop.

    Really nice work.
    My lathe is my therapist

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    That piece is a beauty Vaughn. Inclusions sure do make for some interesting turn.
    Bernie W.

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  8. #8
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    Aug 2007
    Drums, PA
    Very Nice Vaughan,

  9. #9
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    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Looks great Vaughn, well done

  10. #10
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    Dec 2006
    San Antonio, Texas
    All I can say is WOW!

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