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Old 06-13-2007, 10:09 PM   #15
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Re: Diabolical tree

Beauty is truly in the eyes of the beholder. That knarly tree is covered in burls, and is not necessarily dying. Burled grain is so beautiful, I use it exclusively in Hybrid Turning. This bowl started as a sugar maple burl and is inlaid with pigmented epoxies and gold leaf.
If the tree was in our yard, I'd probably protect the Airstream, make a lot of bowls and share the rest with fellow woodturners.

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Old 06-13-2007, 10:12 PM   #16
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Bob, that is GORGEOUS! I have been quite taken with the wood art around Austin, TX with turquoise inlays and such, but this one is the prettiest one I have seen so far! NICE work!

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Old 06-14-2007, 01:11 AM   #17
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Turning is an ART!!!

Bob -

Very nice work on that turning...!!! Really very nice.

I got the shock of my young life when I first 'attempted' to turn something in woodshop in 4th grade.... MANY moons ago. I was so cocky that I put a 4" square block of pine and set it to spinning (200 rpm??) and took a chisel (wrong one natch!) and WHAM - that chisel went FLYING. Embedded itself 3" INTO the ceiling.... Mr. Hardy was NOT A HAPPY instructor right then. After the shock of nearly killing myself, and several friends wore off, I got the 'shop' talk from hell, then the principal let me have it, then dad got his belt after work.... All in all, not my finest hour.

But hey, I learned that turnin' was a lot of fun! Never did get very good at it, but making saw dust is hard work, and I was committed!

One more thing, went to a local artist coop here in CC. They have the 'worlds record - largest turned inlay piece' - It's a nearly 5 foot tall 'vase' with 7,765 pieces of various hard and soft exotic woods, tourquise, gold leaf, silver and motifs too numerous to recount. The 'turner' - Hilliard - was there are spent about an hour explaining the whole process to me. Really a LOT of work, that Hilliard put into it!

Thanks for reading this far! now, back to the regular thread.

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Old 06-15-2007, 08:25 AM   #18
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Beauty is truly in the eyes of the beholder. That knarly tree is covered in burls, and is not necessarily dying. Burled grain is so beautiful, I use it exclusively in Hybrid Turning. This bowl started as a sugar maple burl and is inlaid with pigmented epoxies and gold leaf.
If the tree was in our yard, I'd probably protect the Airstream, make a lot of bowls and share the rest with fellow woodturners.

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Bob,

Stunning doesn't begin to credit that beautiful work! Thanks for posting the photo and the link to your gallery.
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Old 06-15-2007, 08:54 AM   #19
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Wow!

Bob,

That is gorgeous. I've done a little turning, so I know how hard it is. Now we need to setup a woodturning rally!

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Then there is this one at Moraine View State Park. This is Tracy Lawrence's (a.k.a. Hot Lava) tree. I think they camped under it the second year of the rally. It dropped a limb that first night just missing their trailer. It always had this look.......
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Old 06-15-2007, 09:42 AM   #21
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Brad, I can't really envision fitting the lathe into our Airstream, and anyway vacations are for getting away. I do appreciate your compliments, but don't want to turn this thread from Airstream catastrophe to woodturning. As Axel said, "now, back to the regular thread."

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That last photo kinda looks like Jabba the Hutt.
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That last photo kinda looks like Jabba the Hutt.
More like Jabba the Mutt!
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