Had a few hours free this morning so went out to the maker space and mounted another piece of green cherry on a faceplate (still waiting for my replacement live centre) slowly and cautiously rounded the branch off then once it was balanced I put the belt onto the middle wheels approx 1200rpm and started taking gentle passes at the end grain then on the back until I had the flower head done and then set to the task of removing material, the stem is about 4mm thick, I'm not brave enough to go any thinner, once I got over half way I had to hold the stem at the end to keep it from wobbling and snapping while I one handed the rest, not the easiest of tasks but I had removed the majority of material down to about 3/4 inch so only had 1/2inch to remove, there are tool marks on the flower portion and I only lightly sanded it and the base with 80 and 180grit, the stem I sanded to 320, the "issue" I have with turning green cherry is that I have purple hands at the end of it.
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Finished with teak oil, will be going out and putting several coats on to help keep it from splitting like the last one did
I wish I could take artistic credit but its an accidental bonus the cross section is shaped a little like a comma so I centred my face plate in the circular section and left the "swipe" outside of centre so that the top is slightly offsetThat subtle offset to the bottom of the stem really does make it look as though the top bowel is draining into the bottom plate, very clever.
I should think it does!!I hope this qualifies for this forum.
Thank you for your kind reply. To answer your questions, each piece is cut separately. The curved pieces are done by what is called compound cutting. A pattern in secured on two sides of a block of wood and cut from two directions and the piece comes out of the middel once done. Each one took about an hour. I've tried to speed up the process but it can't be done any faster than what I have done here. I cut 2 pieces and then stop because my eyes just about fall out of me head. It's a very time consuming process but that's what it is all about. A hobby. No race to finish. When these are completely finished I'll have about 20 hours in each one. I've wondered what a fair price would be to ask for them but haven't been able to come up with an answer.I should think it does!!
How do you manage to get all the cuts so accurate. I'm impressed by the rings, let alone decorative pieces.
Did you do the piercing first and then the front and back cuts for the bulge or the other way around?
Do you cut more than one at a time and then slice them apart to achieve the bulge?
There are often things on here that I wonder how on earth they have the patients to make them. This has to take the prize. Well done.
I really like the bowlsAs promised here's a few shots of the Sapele bowl I've made for our goddaughter and her partner, today I also put on a piece of silver birch that was cut last August so is still pretty green. Both were finished with Danish Oil.
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