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Old 03-29-2017, 12:47 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks guys, lots of food for thought.

George - feel free to hop on a plane from Aus. and give me a hand :-) I do have a pretty good size bandsaw so I thing it wont be too much of a problem.

Hank - Once I have cut it up I think I will have more pen blanks than I can use so will probably make up some batches and offer to the members here. DOnt know if I will have any bowl blanks to spare but I will keep you in mind.
John, I was just kidding with you! When you start cutting that for bowls, don't let go of it. That kind of wood is hard to come by. I want to see what YOU make with it!
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So things got crazy busy in the middle of this year. Had lots of day job getting in the way, LOML broke her ankle and we recently got back from a 5 week 5500 mile workation RV trip. Just about caught up now and am planning for a few good art and crafts fairs in the run up to the holidays.

I finally managed to get this large chunk of maple onto the bandsaw and here is what I yielded.

6-7 bowl blanks including a nice 12" one
1 3x3 that should become one or two pepper mills
A bunch of 2x2s that will turn into bottle stoppers or condiment shakers
Approx 36 long pen blanks - These are 7"-9" so might even yield 2 pens from some.
Approx 30 short pen blanks.

Here are some pics. You can see I roughed the outside of a couple of the bowl blanks. Not sure whether to leave the imperfections or turn them out. Similarly the 8.5" bowl (back right) is rather tall so not sure if I should make one very deep bowl or cut it in half and make 2 shallower bowls. All thoughts welcome.
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Seems like you did a great job of maximizing that for all your needs. Very nice.


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Old 10-06-2017, 10:28 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Something I am noticing more and more: where there are inclusions - cleaning it and then filling with colored cast resins or turquoise powder or something.

I noticed that you had rough turned the bowls and there were some shallow spots. Keep an open mind whether to turn those shallow spots out, fill them or leave the natural edge. It will be something special no matter what.

I am not suggesting that you do this (buy more tools) but there are some chisels with curved blades that will rough hollow a bowl and basically make rough turned "nested" bowls - i.e. let you get two bowls from one blank.
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Still deciding what to do with some of the pieces. The large piece is now a nearly finished bowl. Had some issues with tearout but managed to get rif of most of it.
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I just now discovered this thread. I've been drooling all over my ipad the whole way through. The bowl is beautiful!
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If you are married, do not let her see the bowl or you will lose it.
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