Shaky

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.

Sliced Walnut Hollow Form

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).

Sliced Walnut Bowl

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.