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Did a big turn today

barry richardson

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A friend of mine has a wood mizer and milled several huge cottonwood logs, he gave me all the bulges and lumps he cut to fit then on the mill. Whittled a 24" bowl blank with my chainsaw, and mounted it up outboard. Rigged up the tool rest as shown. Went fine other than the big stinky mess it made, had some pretty colors inside, off to the drying rack now....
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That's looking really good. I just can't imagine getting close to that thing when it's spinning around.
 

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Use my Workmates (3) all the time. Very creative! Bowl looks awesome :highfive:.
 

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The color on that massive 24” diam. cottonwood is spectacular- it has this decadent “dulce de leche” center. I am a sucker for big umeke or calabash that I have seen when I was in Hawaii. Can’t wait to see the finish product Barry.
 

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Man thats got a lot going on in that piece, it's going to be beautiful.
 

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Great looking hunk of wood, bet it was fun chucking it up and turning. Any plans for the bowl, or are you just turning it for the challenge and going to figure out later what to do with it?
 

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Thanks for documenting this turn! It’s already awesome and you are just getting started! Chuck
 

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Great looking hunk of wood, bet it was fun chucking it up and turning. Any plans for the bowl, or are you just turning it for the challenge and going to figure out later what to do with it?
Good question ha ha, I actually have 2 of these big guys in the works. Ideally I would sell at least one, and my wife says she wants to put one on our big coffee table. I don't have an outlet to sell stuff, but do have several regular customers locally who might be interest, might just have to fill them both with spheres...:sarcastic:
 

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Good question ha ha, I actually have 2 of these big guys in the works. Ideally I would sell at least one, and my wife says she wants to put one on our big coffee table. I don't have an outlet to sell stuff, but do have several regular customers locally who might be interest, might just have to fill them both with spheres...:sarcastic:
You're gonna need a whole bunch of smaller ones or maybe just a couple of bowling ball sized spheres.
 

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Barry, that is way cool! Love the use of the Workmate. I've used an axle stand myself before - but that was scary!
 

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A friend of mine has a wood mizer and milled several huge cottonwood logs, he gave me all the bulges and lumps he cut to fit then on the mill. Whittled a 24" bowl blank with my chainsaw, and mounted it up outboard. Rigged up the tool rest as shown. Went fine other than the big stinky mess it made, had some pretty colors inside, off to the drying rack now....
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Did you ever finish this turning? Chuck
 

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Somehow I missed this, really sweet looking Barry!
 

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I missed it also. Don't know how. Anyway, Barry, that's gonna be nice when done. And the Cottonwood I've turned doesn't smell too awful. I think fresh Palo Verde smells a lot worse.
When do you think you'll start the re-turn? ......... Jerry (in Tucson)
 
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