Discussion in 'Turning Critique Forum' started by jasonb, Feb 25, 2018.
Cherry burl with purple heart and blackwood. Comments and critiques appreciated.
Spectacular piece! What are the dimensions? Chuck
Nice simple lines, flows together nicely...what about the bottom?
~4.5" tall by 5" wide.
Simple bottom on this piece, but after seeing @Woodworking Vet bowls and how much attention he puts into the bottom has inspired me to start learning the chatter tool I have which has only been a spectator till now.
Thank you for the compliment Jason. I like your hollow form but since its in the Critique board I hope you don't mind some compliments and a critique. First off that is a beautiful piece of cherry and you did it justice. I like your finish on it as its not overly glossy making it look like plastic, I'm particular to having a sheen but still being able to feel the wood, so I like whatever it is you used (what did you use?). My critique is that I think it would have looked better without the purple heart. The black compliments the cherry's figure and I think it would have sufficed. But that is just my opinion.
Texturing is fun, it works great on hard and medium woods, horribly on softer woods. Practice with your chatter tool. What you can do is if you're turning down some hard wood stop before you get to your final shape. With that extra meat on the wood tryout different techniques with your chatter tool and see how it looks with that particular wood. Then cut it away as you resume turning to your final shape. If you got good results then remember what you did and apply it after you're done sanding. If you got horrible results then don't texture your turning, but practice on the next one, and the one after that.
I should say, if I'm doing something with plain wood or a shape that has no umph to it then I'll pay more attention to the bottom, its kind of like a nice surprise when someone turns it over. If its a nice piece of wood like the cherry you just turned or a really nice form then there is no need to overdo the bottom.
I'm thinking of planning a trip to Georgetown some time this year to visit inlaws. If I make it I would be happy to stop in for a visit and show you how I do it.
@Woodworking Vet Great critique. I suck at that.
I'm always hesitant to critique because I am by no means an expert, but I can share my opinion. At our woodturning club during the monthly meeting we have two tables. The show and tell table where quite a few folks bring their turnings to show off. I put pieces on it too. We also have a critique table and very rarely does anyone put anything on it, I do as often as that table is set up because without critiques I can't grow. Sometimes it hurts the ego but when I get home I apply what was said to the next one and I have to say, I'm learning, and growing with my skill. I now look forward to critiques but that doesn't mean I always agree. Any of that make sense?
@Woodworking Vet thanks for the feedback. I knew with the cherry burl I wanted to practice on that closed form style (I think there should be some critiques on the profile) and to give the rim some detail. I agree w/o the purpleheart is the way to go. I started putting on some CA to help stabilize the blackwood and liked the way it looked so I ended up putting on a couple light coats on the whole piece then knocking the sheen down with yorkshire grit paste.
That'd be great if you have time for a visit when out this way! I would enjoy that.
Where do you by Yorkshire grit paste stateside? I'm using EEE Ultra shine which I think is the same thing but when I run out I'm going to make my own by mixing Rotenstone (pumice?) with wax.
Sounds like the same thing. I just started using it, but really like it especially on resins.
I ordered it from:
There is a good YouTube video on this...I’ll see if I can find the link.