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By CHJ
#444708
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________Something basic but colourful to start the year...________Click on images for larger view.
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__________________Maple? _____________________(250 X 100mm)

Wood kindly donated by richburrow, we discussed the species during a get together last autumn, we came to the conclusion that it was probably Maple, very Sycamore like in the basic figuring but considerably harder than any Sycamore I've handled before.
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By CHJ
#444735
hgb wrote:Hello, C.H.T. They are lovely with beautiful colours are they spalted ?HGB


Yes, there is evidence of spalting, I don't know if all the colour is down to that or staining from some other source though. Might be able to tell more when I work the next one from the same slab.
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By Paul.J
#444745
Nice start to the new year Chas :D
Timber looks gorgeous.I take it that this is the other half of plank i had from Rich. :?:
When i get round to turning my half i will be using the center saver looking at those pieces.
Did you save the centers from these Chas :?:
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By johnny.t.
#444749
Lovely spalting on that Chas and an attractive bowl :D

JT
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By paulm
#444750
Looks great Chas, lovely timber.

Could it be elm rather than maple, looking at the swirling grain and the burrs on the bottom ? Not really seen much elm though and suspect it is probably darker ?

Cheers, Paul :D
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By CHJ
#444760
paulm wrote:Could it be elm rather than maple, looking at the swirling grain and the burrs on the bottom ? Not really seen much elm though and suspect it is probably darker ?

Cheers, Paul :D

Elm had crossed my mind Paul in relation to its toughness, however it's not the same as English Elm I have and it has far more fine texturing (herringbone like) in the plainer portions than the Exeter Elm I've worked.

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By Richard Findley
#444816
Hi Chas,

That's quite a bit of wood you've got there :shock: :shock: As you say, a bit Maple-ish but with the dark colouring and some burr-ish-ness as well!! Nice looking bowl, well finished as ever. Not sure if I'd have had such a big foot but I do love the foot detail (I love a good foot on a bowl!!)

Grand job!

Richard
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By CHJ
#444821
Thanks for the comments guys,

Richard: the foot dimensions are a trait of mine I think, I know a lot of people talk of 1/3rd in relation to foot size but for some reason I invariably end up nearer 2/3rds, especially on flattish based items. I think it's because I like to see a hint of what is giving 'the lift' to a piece when it's sat on a surface.
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By CHJ
#444845
Paul.J wrote:...I take it that this is the other half of plank i had from Rich. :?:
When i get round to turning my half i will be using the center saver looking at those pieces.
Did you save the centers from these Chas :?:

Yes Paul, that's the piece, best of luck using the CS, I tried coring it by hand but it was far too tough for me to risk it.
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By richburrow
#444858
Hello Chas
That looks great :D :D you have done the timber proud.
Happy new year
Rich
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By Aled Dafis
#444881
Nice work Chas! and what a lovely bit of wood, it looks like Sycamore, but as you mentioned it being much harder, then it's probably Maple as many others have suggested. Whatever it is, it's really lovely, and worth coring if you have any more, a nest of bowls from that blank would go quite a way to paying for a coring sysytem in itself.

When I get my new setup running, I'm then going to look into geting a coring setup, I like the look of the Woodcut, but the Kelton system also looks pretty good.

What finish did you use? That close up pic really shows off your finishing, there's not a single mark on it.

Cheers

Aled
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By tulsk
#444888
That's a nice piece of work to kick off 2010 with Chas. I really like the form and of course the finish is immaculate. I reckon you're spot on with Field Maple, I turned some just like it not so long ago.
Keep 'em coming and best regards to you, John
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By CHJ
#444896
Aled Dafis wrote:.....
What finish did you use? That close up pic really shows off your finishing, there's not a single mark on it.
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Cellulose Sanding Sealer, then buffed with Chestnuts Buffing mops finishing with Carnauba Wax, the buffing mops are an ideal way of blending any sealer streaks that remain after basic burnishing of sealer.

Don't believe everything you see in pictures, close inspection will find the odd missed blemish on most of my pieces especially with feature wood, but I've stopped bothering about them, most people don't see them and those that do seem to accept them as par for the course on a natural hand made piece.

Having said that I would be ashamed to be associated with a good many pieces I see for sale in local 'Craft' outlets.