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By Silverbirch
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Walnut, Ash & Beech 152mm dia.

This is very attractive. Nice shape and good combination of colours.

Ian
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By richburrow
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Good to see you are still making good use of the off cuts Chas
I hope you are both well mate
Speak soon
Rich
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By CHJ
#665009
Silverbirch wrote:Walnut, Ash & Beech 152mm dia.
This is very attractive. Nice shape and good combination of colours.
Ian

The shape change was an attempt to explore something different with a view to making some smaller versions as trinket/ring boxes, part of which was the lid profile change,

richburrow wrote:Good to see you are still making good use of the off cuts Chas
I hope you are both well mate
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Going great guns Rich, actually find the staging of the making quite relaxing as the various process sessions provide distinctive breaks in routine. They are certainly a way to bulk out thinner blanks when they are split for base and rims.
On the personal front we are keeping very busy thanks, with construction and changes around the plot having to be slotted in between our regular excursions to find some interesting eating etc.
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By Paul.J
#665236
Very nice pieces Chas :D
Really like the half barrel/basket ones.
Have you given this collection a name yet :?:
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By CHJ
#665264
Paul.J wrote:.....Have you given this collection a name yet :?:


Maybe "Stuck in a Rut" is about the nearest at the moment Paul, but I have outstanding requests for a selection for gifts over the coming months and they are proving a convenient method of absorbing a lot of the old blanks I have accumulated with the off-cuts.
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By CHJ
#665497
A Sweet Chestnut Challenge, what with swirly grain and an ability to readily take a high polish that was determined to show the slightest scratch blemish across the grain lead to a lot of stationary hand finishing.
Half a dozen sealer coats to highlight any scratches and cut backs later we ended up with this:
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Sweet Chestnut, Walnut & Ash 215mm dia.
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By nev
#665508
That really is 'Sweet' chestnut! never ceases to amaze me the finish you achieve. inspiring. =D>
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By Hesh
#666084
Chas, excellent as always. I just hope you've got a good market for these as you certainly put your "play time " to good use.

Steve
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By CHJ
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They will no doubt disappear in due course Steve, some are provisionally booked to order but I'm trying to build up stocks so that I can get round to some different projects around the plot when the weather warms up.
Usual scenario is that someone wants something for a gift and can't make up their mind, then decides that they want half a dozen all in one swoop to save having to look elsewhere so I can go from an abundance to scarcity in short order.
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By CHJ
#667188
Glad that there is not too much of the slab of Orvankol still left that has been lying around for a couple of years, brittle and an ability to remove the cutting edge off the tools almost as good as the grinding wheels ability to renew it.
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Ovankol, Walnut & Beech. 290mm dia.
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By nev
#667206
CHJ wrote:Glad that there is not too much of the slab of Orvankol still left that has been lying around for a couple of years, brittle and an ability to remove the cutting edge off the tools almost as good as the grindings wheels ability to renew it.


#-o Doh! If only you'd posted that last week I probably wouldnt have just bought a blank of ovankol from fleabay :roll:
So I guess i should expect a challenge when it comes to turning it?
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By CHJ
#667218
It's all good experience, you will no doubt have a better feel for a blunt tool when you've finished than experienced with a good many wood types.
Watch out for splinters and be prepared to do some finish sanding with the grain, one of those 'hard' woods that is easy to scratch across the grain.
If you are getting rough end grain areas try soaking in sealer or water when finishing and cutting wet.
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By CHJ
#667385
As the others were claimed within a couple of hours, thought I had better see if I could make a couple of similar.
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Walnut & Beech, 95 & 87mm dia.