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Post by johana1182 on 15th January 2016, 8:08 am

Looks good,but how's result ???

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Post by Chilli-head on 15th January 2016, 10:00 am

That pear bowl.  Now, I have made stuff from fruitwood in the past and I know it shrinks and twists a lot as it dries, but I still didn't expect this:



That's not an error in the aspect ratio of the picture, it is now 165mm x 140mm.  Distinctly oval.  I've planed the base back flat so it does not wobble, but I'm still deciding what to do with it.  Perhaps it's shape could be regarded as character. It is a shame that lovely pinkish terracotta colour of the fresh wood has faded to a less exciting brown.  Perhaps a food safe oil finish might restore it a bit.  Or I always need kindling.
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Post by freebird on 15th January 2016, 5:00 pm

Ha! Maybe try some pear juice on it, CH. I know to my cost that if you allow pear juice to drip on your best white top and don't clean it off immediately, it dries to a pinkish brown stain that NEVER comes out.
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Post by Ploshkin on 16th January 2016, 5:30 pm

Nothing wrong with an oval bowl so long as it doesn't continue to change shape. How long after turning did it do it?
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Post by Chilli-head on 18th January 2016, 11:43 am

It sat around for about three weeks looking fairly round, then quite rapidly shrank and distorted. My friend Jim who I gave a piece of the same wood to also made a bowl, with exactly the same result.

Jim has, for the past year, been working on improving his bowl turning. He set himself the target of making one a week for a year - in fact he made rather more than that. The pear wood bowl was the one that distorted the most !

I have oiled it with walnut oil, and it has regained a bit of the interesting colour. Not sure what to do with it yet, it can sit on the shelf for a bit while I think of a use for it.
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Post by Chilli-head on 13th September 2016, 1:17 pm

The weekend just gone was Wimpole's produce fair.  I like this event, though the stalls were a bit fewer than ideal, there were some good local food businesses there to visit - bread, hot sauces, jam, fudge etc.  There was also a Cretan produce stall - the company is local, though the produce comes from his family farm on Crete.  He also did a tasty spinach pie for lunch !

Wimpole green woodworkers were there, and to add to the event Matt brought along some of his rather nice Cambridge honey to sell.  The theme being produce, it seemed time to make a bit of food related treen.  I've been wanting to have a go at making one of these Roman style turned spoons for a while ....



Was a devil to turn.  The starting point is a ~5" log of sycamore, split in not quite half, then the larger piece roughed into shape with axe and saw.  The put on a mandrel, and the outside of the bowl and rim turned, reversed, and the inside of the bowl hollowed out.  Trouble is all the time that bit that forms the handle is wanging around off centre, and getting in the way.  Very creative positioning of the tool rest needed to avoid collision, and a lot of care over where you leave your fingers !

Finally, there is a ring around the outside where the handle and the spout are joined that can't be turned; the excess here is trimmed away with axe and knife.  I could have smoothed it out more, but I thought I quite liked the faceted band as a decoration.

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