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.