A Turner’s First Sphere

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Charlie_W

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Last week, I helped a veteran turner with his first sphere! He brought this chunk of maple that had been sitting in the shop for a long time. Turns out it had fabulous grain!
This one is almost 4” diameter. It was sanded and burnished with shavings in these pics. I saw it this week with finish and it was awesome! He did a wonderful job on this for his first👍

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PenPal

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You were both on fire Charlie,full marks to you and your mate credit where credit is due. The next is egg shapes my veteran mate has been making freehand literally thousands,he is now 77 of timbers from around the world specialising in Australian timbers.He lives a couple of thousand kms from me and is a strong member of the World Timber Collectors group.Currently is recovering from major surgery. I have obtained a treasure trove of beaut blanks from him over many years now.

Kind regards mate. Peter.
 

leehljp

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The sphere is so perfect that it allowed the awesome grain pull me in immediately. Don't it make you irritated when you teach someone and the first time they turn - the wood just jumps out with unreal beauty - you know - kinda like you having to turn a hundred spheres to find one like that! (Just kidding of course).

I looked and looked at the sphere wondering about the grain, and then I read your post. Nice Nice grain!
 
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