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Redwood burl

Discussion in 'Turning Critique Forum' started by barry richardson, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. barry richardson

    barry richardson Moderator Staff Member Global Moderator Full Member Thread Starter

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    Been laid up with the crud lately so catching up on picture taking. This is from a big chunk of redwood burl nub that @Anthony sent me. One of the cool things about them is if you hollow them down the center, it exhibits the nice burl figure 360 degrees. Been trying new and/or different shapes, trying to stumble on the holy grail of forms lol. Also wanted to maximize the piece of wood. I'd like some feedback on this shape if anyone has any thoughts, thanks! about 16" tall.
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    Perfect
     
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    Gorgeous? What kind of hollowing system do you use? What is the finish?
     
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    DKMD Sawbones Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator Full Member

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    I really like that form, Barry. Seems like the perfect shape to show off a little natural beauty.

    Just out of curiosity, how did you handle the opening? Slanted? Rounded?
     
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    Looks great!

    Hard to tell without seeing in person but at 16" I wonder what a longer neck on it would look it?

    Just thrwoing it out there for consideration since ya asked! Either way it's a beauty.
     
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  6. barry richardson

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    Thanks Robert, I only have straight bars (handheld) for hollowing. I hollowed this from both ends. Started by screwing a faceplate to the end that would be the top, made the general shape, and drilled through the center, and hollowed the large end. Then turned it around and gripped the large end hole by expansion with a chuck and finished it off. Before I started, I cut a cookie off the end, and saved it to use to plug the bottom hole. I later glued the cookie to an mdf disc and turned a plug from it, turned out pretty good. An experienced eye can tell it's been plugged though...
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    The finish is danish oil, followed by lacquer. Up till this piece, I had just been using lacquer only on the redwood burl I've been turning lately, but the oil made a big difference, deepened the color and brought out more figure than lacquer alone. So that is definitely what I will do from now on....
     
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  7. barry richardson

    barry richardson Moderator Staff Member Global Moderator Full Member Thread Starter

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    Thanks Doc, here's a pic of the top, pretty much flat, I have no imagination lol....
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    That is a gorgeous piece of wood and an excellent turning!! I tried to see the plug but couldn't, so you have fooled at least one person. Just my preference, but I would like a shorter neck. Most pleasing to my eye is a teardrop shape, but that's just me. And I would've rounded the opening. (Not that my ability is anywhere near equal to yours, but if I could I would!) As it stands it's a jaw-dropping piece! Tony
     
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    Damn that's pretty !

    Beautiful job on a beautiful piece of wood

    I've never tried that plug trick. Nice.
     
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    Wooo! Now that is perty! Nicely done Barry. The only thing I like to see is a rounded or chamfered edge around the opening.
     
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    Love the trick with the bottom plug! For sure gotta try that one someday.
     
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    What a beauty!
     
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    Looks good, nice flow on the curves, just seems to short for the size/thickness of the neck portion. Perhaps coming in a little more on the top curve of the "bulb" and thinning out the neck some with a slight re-curve just below the lip and finish with a rounded inner lip.
    The thru drill then plug trick is pretty slick and you could experiment with smaller diameter drill bits so that you can get the neck sixe way down ( say 1/4" ) really gets people wondering how you got all the wood out the larger part!
     
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    I like the shape. The curves are continuous with no flat spots, the inflection point is high enough it doesn't look squatty. Its hard to tell in the dark picture but the bottom looks like it has a nice sweeping curve as well. A LOT of forms in that general shape look squatty and dumpy. You have found a good ratio for this form.
     
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    You are just good. I'm always impressed with what you do. Classy piece
     
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    Wow, gorgeous, did you rough turn it and finish or was it dry wood?
     
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    I turned it green, then turned in again when it dried. The wood was very stable, hardly moved at all. Turning green redwood is a pleasure...
     
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