Ash. Burned to highlight the growth rings and dyed red. Sliced with an arc with Wenge pewa. About 5″ diameter, 3″ tall. Lacquer finish.
Ash, sliced diagonally, with Wenge pewa. About 5-1/4″ diameter, 2-1/2″ tall. Lacquer finish.
Ash, sliced with an arc, with Wenge pewa. About 4-1/4″ diameter, 2-1/2″ tall. Walnut oil finish.
Ash, sliced in an arc, with Wenge pewa. About 5-1/2″ diameter, 3-3/4″ tall. Walnut oil finish.
Mesquite Hollow Form with Maple pewa, about 7″ diameter and 5″ high.
This was a bit risky due to the ring shake in the tree. Ring Shake is a crack that forms along one of the growth rings. It is probably caused by something that affected the tree’s growth that year – bacteria, insects, drought, wind, etc. Wood with ring shake can be dangerous to turn. Since the shake goes all the way around the growth ring, large chunks can separate and come flying off the lathe.
I inspected this piece carefully and repeatedly as I turned it. I made a judgement call that there was enough solid wood to keep it together. I wore protective gear (face shield, safety glasses) and made sure to stay well out of the “line of fire” (the places where pieces are likely to fly off).
Once completed, it required numerous pewa to ensure that the cracks will stay put.
Cut a narrow slice through this Hollow Form of Elm and reassembled it with Maple pewa. About 7″ diameter and 4″ high.
About 7″ diameter x 4.5″ high. Walnut, turned green, sliced, and re-assembled with maple pewa. Finish is walnut oil.
There are a few small walnut pewa stitching a crack on one side (not shown in the picture).
Maple Hollow Form, about 5″ diameter and 6″ tall. Sliced and re-assembled with walnut strips. Lacquer finish.
Walnut Hollow Form, about 6.5″ tall, 5″ diameter. Sliced and re-assembled with maple pewa. Walnut oil finish.
Walnut with Maple pewa over sawed gap. About 5″ diameter. Walnut oil finish.
Inspired by John Beaver’s work. This is an initial piece to explore some new (to me) ideas.
This piece was selected by the American Association of Woodturners Forum as Turning of the Week for April 11, 2022.