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Thread: A Ginko Non-Funnel

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan

    A Ginko Non-Funnel

    I've been having some fun on the lathe as of late, blowing up this, funneling that........

    ........ but........ this one FINALLY turned out OK..........

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    I know, I know, totally crap pics, sorry about that..........

    It is about 8" in diameter, and maybe 4" tall.

    This wood is complete crap, I'm sorry I ever got it. It is SO soft, when buffing it, the cotton wax wheel would dent the wood

    Oh well, great practice on my cuts, as it is so soft, if my cuts were not nice, it would just tear out.

    I was talking to Eli Avisera about this wood, as one day when we went touring around Tokyo, he asked me what "That" tree was (typical turner eh) and I told him "Ginko", but it is really crap to turn, way too soft. He said that while it may not make good pieces, it will make great practice......... and he was right.

    I started sanding on this piece at #220

    Like I said, not a work of art, or anything special, not really functional, as it will get dinged up in a hurry, but great practice for making nice smooth cuts, so I'm happy.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Stu, looks great. BTW practice wood is better than none at all.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
    I'm no expert, Stu, but it sure looks good to me. Nicely done!
    Jeff is right; I'd rather turn practice wood than not turn anything.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Rio Rancho, NM
    Stu, it may have been a pain to turn, but it has a nice form and some very pretty grain. Nice save!!

    Nancy (57 days)
    Nancy Laird
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Stuart, ehhhh, bad pictures, that wood is crap, and more of that, man you did a great job, I love it.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    To heck with functionality...I think this is one of my favorites of the bowls you've done. Great job, Stu.

    (Ain't it nice when you get the hang of making clean cuts on tearout-prone wood?)
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
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  7. #7
    Stu.....Being from a conservative state like Idaho (No US Senator remarks, please) it bothers me to have to agree with our friend Vaughn.....But I do! That may be my favorite thing you've turned. Gorgeous!

    What finish did you use or did I just miss it?

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Stu that is a beautiful piece. What kind of finish did you use? Wow that is purdy!!!!
    Bernie W.

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  9. #9
    Don Taylor is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
    Join Date
    Jan 2007

    Stu said the "C" word!

    Great job on that spinny thing Stu. I'll never get a finish to look that good.


  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Harvey, Michigan
    Stuart - that is one great looking bowl! If it's as soft and easy to damage as you say... then you need to put it in a display case so others can enjoy it! Seriously nice work!

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