It's been a couple of days since my last post, I've been busy in the shop making some new items. I should have several posted in the next day or so. My computer gnome who also happens to be my wonderful little photographer was off touring a college-looks like I might need to learn how to use the camera and up load stuff.
I got several pieces of a pear tree from a friend and just couldn't resist turning a bit of it. Not sure how long it has been curing, but it seems pretty stable to work with. I must say that this pear wood is BEAUTIFUL stuff! I've been using a new tool that I got on EBay and that pear wood cuts like butta! The ribbons coming off it while turning remind me of silly string shooting out of the can. I have to be careful and stop or I'll end up turning a 6" diameter piece into a pencil just to watch the ribbons flying off. So far with the pear wood I have a small bowl, small vase, 2 kids' bangles and 1 adult bangle (which I gave to my lovely wife as an early valentines day present-yep, scored some points with that one! Woohoo).
Tomorrow, I'll be trying to make a 4 1/2" deep x 14" diameter cedar bowl to be used for a bonsai tree. If all goes well, the pieces I laminated together won't come apart and there won't be wood flying around the shop at 1100 rpm! I'll let you all know how it works out either when I'm done or when I get out of the ER. Either way, it'll be interesting.
For now, have a great day and remember, the faster it spins-the more damage it can do!