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"Firewood" Bowls

"Firewood" Bowls
Three bowls turned from wood that
was rescued from the firewood pile.

Left: Wormy, spalted maple; 7 3/4" x 3 1/4"
Right: Spalted curly maple; 4" dia. x 3 1/8", 1/16" thick.
Center: Wormy, spalted apple; 8" x 5 3/4" x 2 1/8".

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A "Matched" Set


One day while working on a set of goblets, my 7 year old son came out to the shop and insisted on helping me. It would seem that I became a bit distracted!
Actually, the idea for this turning project came from the British magazineWOODTURNER.
While clearing land to build our church in '94, I found a dozen old fenceposts leaning against a red oak tree at a fencerow corner. Checking with the farmer from whom we bought the property, I found the posts had been there for about 25 years.
In turning this project, I discovered that 25 year old osage orange is EXTREMELY hard!
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Miscellaneous Vegetable Ivory Turnings

Tagua Nut Turnings

Tagua nuts are the seeds of a palm tree native to South America. They are composed mainly of manose sugar; and when first harvested, are edible. After being dried, they become quite hard. Until the advent of celluloid and then plastics, they were the mainstay of button manufacture in many parts of the world.
Vegetable ivory has also been used for Japanese netsuke carvings, and for scrimshaw work. Tagua nuts are very hard for carving, but turn quite readily using ordinary woodturning tools.
The smallest vessel in the photo is 3/4" dia. x 1 3/8" tall. The vessel on the pedestal is 1 3/8" dia., and is 3 1/4" tall overall. The pedestal is grenadillo, and has a loose ring at its' base.
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Christmas Tree Ornaments

Christmas Tree Ornaments

Left: Globe - Banksia Pod, finials - Brazilian satinwood (pau marfim).
Center: Globe - Spalted maple, finials - Black walnut.
Right: Body and finials - black walnut, top and bottom caps - maple.

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"The Veil Torn"

The Veil Torn
14" x 16 1/4"

American black walnut, Ceylon satinwood, maple, caviuma, black cherry, amber wood, East Indian laurel, sapele.

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"Praying Hands"

Praying Hands
10 1/2" x 15 1/2"

Background is American black walnut, Bee's wing golden narra, ivory wood, black cherry, maple, Honduras rosewood, sapele, East Indian laurel.

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"Baby Bunting"

Baby Bunting
16 1/2" x 20"

Sapele, English beech, Australian lacewood, black cherry, holly, pear American black walnut, purpleheart, white oak, ebony, bee's wing peroba rosa, aspen, maple, bubinga.

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"Sunset View"

Sunset View
17" x 13 1/2"

American black walnut, paldao, prima vera, imbuya burl, makore, sweet gum, persimmon, planetree, black cherry, white oak, Brazilian rosewood, caviuma.

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