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KimG

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A new bowl off the new lathe, this is the first item I have done that I liked well enough to post a picture of up on the forum.

All comments welcome.




 

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Thanks for the nice comments everyone!

The finishing was sanding to 400, Chestnut finishing oil, 3 coats (which soaked right in) dried for a day then buffed with the two abrasive compounds and finished with a liberon wax stick and the soft buffing wheel/dome.
 

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What a lovely bowl ,a really great piece of turning and finishing .Well worth waiting for !!! =D> =D>
You picked a beautiful piece of wood and enhanced all the more with your skills .
Well done look forward to many more pictures of your work .
 

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Basically it's all been said by others, very practical form and lets the wood shout its beauty.

Well done in finding a piece of spalted sycamore with such clean and well defined markings, so often that which comes my way has an abundance of dark water stains that overpower the pure spalting.
 

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Thanks Chas, The wood was a couple of logs from a tree we felled last year for my Dad, they were stacked on top of each other in a shed rather than outside, I was a bit surprised that any spalting had happened as I assumed it would need a fair bit of damp, I guess the stacking must have held in the moisture long enough to allow it without overly staining it, a handy way of inducing a better quality of marking if that is how it occurred maybe?
 

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Yes the fungi inducing the spalting seem to be happy enough living on the sugars and natural moisture in the wood without excessive damp.
In fact I have had Beech spalt that was in slabs intended for chopping boards and perfectly clean when stacked and I was convinced it had not been subjected to undue exposure to Spalted wood or conditions.
 

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Thats interesting to know as i have some large-ish blocks of Beech that i have had kept in the shop to keep em clean,so i will have to check em out :wink:
 

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nice work, good selection of timber as well
a slightly smaller foot would give more lift and lightness
 

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Nice shaped bowl. Not bothered about spaltering myself - it's firewood IMHO compared to nice clean wood.
 
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