About Alan

Alan has been a member since January 5th 2012, and has created 247 posts from scratch.

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Anxiously Watching For Spring – A Natural Edge Bud Vase

Hazelnut Twig VaseMay also be view on YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook.

Where I live the snow has melted and early flowers are blooming. I have spring fever especially from being cooped up after my ski accident.

I found a hazelnut sucker I pruned off last spring and determined to turn a bud vase to welcome spring. The hazelnut was a perfect size for a small bud vase that could keep some of its bark as a natural edge.

Hazelwood is very light colored. I plan to use any I can salvage as a replacement for holly.

My bud vase is about 4 inches tall and 1 1/2 inches in diameter. It is finished with shellac friction polish.

I welcome spring.

Good turning.

Injured Reserve

My grand-daughters convinced my to learn to ski.

But, I had a disagreement with the rope tow.

Now I have a cracked rib and have to take a break to heal.

Unfortunately, break activities do not include woodturning      Yet!

If At First You Don’t Succeed… My Green Natural Edge Cherry Bowl

Natural Edge Cherry Bowl

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My last attempt to turn a natural edge bowl from fresh green cherry ended in a near disaster. Half of the almost finished bowl hit me in the face. Fortunately, I was wearing my full face shield.

I cannot fear to turn a natural edge bowl. So I’m back at the lathe again quickly to conquer my fears and successfully turn my natural edge bowl.

This bowl is 11 inches in length and 9 inches across. A natural edge bowl never appears round. It is 4 inches tall. After rough turning the bowl, I waited two days before sanding to avoid sanding extremely wet wood. Than sanded it, turned the foot, and finished the bowl. In the two days, the bowl had started typical warping. It will continue to distort for a few weeks. It is finished with walnut oil.

Fears conquered.

Good turning.

Fruit Salad – Dry Spaulted Apple From Green Natural Edge Cherry

Spaulted AppleMay also be viewed on YouTube, Vimeo, or FaceBook. Best right here.

I started turning a natural edge bowl from Cherry. Alas, it did not survive. But I did survive despite a hard knock to my face shield.

So I switched to a dry block of spaulted apple that I have from a woodturning club meeting.

This apple bowl is finished with shellac buffed to a nice sheen. It is about 6″ in diameter and almost 3″ high.

To sign the bowl, I used:

  1. My DIY pyrography power supply as described in “Home Made Vaporizer for “Pyrography”/Woodburning
  2. A DIY Pyrography pen as described in “DIY Pyrography Pen And Tip For My Woodburning
  3. A commercial small ball tip for the pen
  4. Head mounted magnifying setup from Treeline.

This is overkill for simply signing but a great setup for woodburning or pyrography.

Good turning.

Lessons Learned In Turning Knotty Green Cherry Bowl

Cherry BowlMay also be viewed on YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook – Best right here!.

I have a bunch of fresh green cherry. All of it has been ripped in half and the ends sealed with end grain sealer.

But before it dries too much, I want to turn a bowl. However, my selected piece of wood has some issues. The biggest issue is a broken limb coming out from one side. The limb is a combination of old dry shattered wood, green wood, end grain. I don’t know how deep this mess goes.

Maybe I should have cut it away before turning or trashed the block of wood to begin with. That is certainly an option.

However, I’ll work the issues as they come to bear. In this case, this approach did not pay off.

The bowl is cherry with walls just under 3/8″ about 8″ in diameter and 2″ tall. The wood is still very green and the bowl feels wet and heavy. It is sanded with beeswax and mineral oil. I’ll store it for a month in a paper bag to moderate its micro climate. Then I expect it will have warped to some degree, but it will also feel dry and much lighter.

Good turning.