One was a lot of small branches from some sort of Ficus trees. This will make a lot of cups, vases and other things.
The second was located just at the end of our block where a Jacaranda tree had to be removed due to termite damage. So far I have rough turned about 20 bowls and expect to end up with 50 to 60 bowls when finished.
The bowls range from 6 to 16 inches in diameter. Most are between 10 and 12 inches.
After roughing out the bowls they are packed in paper bags filled with shavings to slow down the drying process to help reduce cracking.
One of the YouTube channels I frequently is Brendon Stemp.
He is a very accomplished wood turner located in Australia.
Two different videos inspired making this project: https://youtu.be/7PHwjtgyX3I and https://youtu.be/s54ZJyEbKMY.
I started off with one of the slabs from a large Ficus tree that we got some wood from in 2017.
I roughed out the bowl and then cut a deep wide groove in what would become the top of the bowl.
I then used hot melt adhesive to attach some Eucalyptus Seeds in the groove. After the glue had set and cooled I then filled the groove with Liquid Diamonds Resin and placed it into my pressure pot and waited about 48 hours to make sure the resin had fully cured.
Once it was out of the pressure pot I began turning it.
I then reversed the bowl and hollowed out the inside.
After finishing off the bottom of the bowl it told me it wanted a lid. With a nice final on it, thank you. Sorry no pictures of the lid being made.
The next request was to make three feet for it to stand on.
I then realized that a UFO had landed in my back yard!
On February 19, 2018 we went to San Diego, CA to look at some Eucalyptus wood behind a friend’s house.
The first surprise was that there was no road behind her house to where the wood was located.
The second surprise was that not only was there no truck access to the wood it would have to be carried out up hill from where the tree was located.
After going back to get the chain saw I went back down and began to cut up the large branch that had fallen from the tree. It looks to have fallen about 30 feet and knocked down part of an old abandoned wood play house.
I cut off three pieces from the branch and quickly realized they were too heavy to carry out so I then cut them in half length wise and began the job of carrying them out.
After carrying the wood up to the truck we returned home.
Over the next couple of days I cut these pieces in half and then roughed out twelve bowls.
After roughing out the bowls I put them in pails full of shavings to slow down the drying process and will check on then every month or so until they are ready to finish turn.
The Woman’s Club of Orange is located at 121 South Center Street, Orange. It was a successful event with many vendors, making it fun to shop and please every patron who attended. The event was coordinated by Pat Longwell. She and club members were in attendance to greet vendors and assist with setup. The members also decorated the hall and facility. The weather was perfect, the threat of rain vanished and it was very pleasant to be outdoors in California. A Taco vendor was setup outside during the event and tacos were delicious. A sitting area for eating was created in the garden path. Our top sellers were Yarn Spinners, Tops, and Bowls. And we also sold Pens, Steam-rippers and a Pepper Mill. We thank the Woman’s Club of Orange members for hosting the event and look forward to the next one!
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