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New Bowl... Maybe Wild Cherry Gall

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New Bowl... Maybe Wild Cherry GallI started this piece right before the black walnut blanks became available. I remember when I was first grinding out this bowl, I was thinking, “This looks terrible.” I actually set it on my work bench ready to call it a wash.Obviously, I became consumed with finishing the black walnut bowls this past week for my client (he has approved them all, and I do the drop-off Tuesday at noon):I've been chomping at the bit to get into the three wild cherry galls I got while fly fishing, but I also know that they are very green… so I've got to be patient.Having coffee, I started studying the bowl I started (this one), and something about it told me that maybe it had more potential than I'd given it credit for. So, I got to work. The bulk of the work I'd already done because I'd ground out the bowl. So, I focused on shaping it into a more appealing shape.I tried something a little different and stained the inside of the bowl. Even though I used a dark walnut stain and let it sit for awhile, it seemed to wipe right out without really making the bowl much different from the rest of the piece.Oh well.I've often wondered what kind of wood this is, but I think I figured it out. Sometimes when I'm harvesting, I'll find a tree that's already dead. In this case, I think this is actually a wild cherry gall too, but one that, like the tree, has died and has even started to dry out/rot a little.So, I think the majority of the wood I'm working with is wild cherry gall, not true burls. I don't care… the stuff looks beautiful to me!That very first picture reminds me a bit of a whale.Would love to hear what you think.



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Smore's Anyone, skewers for camp fire

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Smore's Anyone, skewers for camp fireA quick lathe project, made from Ash with a Wenge accent. The handles are about 6” long, with total length just over 3' finished with a shellac and BLO for a friction polish. Ferrule is a brass compression ring epoxyed to include the skewer.Had most of it completed last night, and glued everything together this morning and polished the brass this evening.Just in time for summer bond fires, and the grandkids are going to be here in July.Thanks for looking and comments welcome.



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Kerf Plane & Sliding Dovetail Jig

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Kerf Plane & Sliding Dovetail JigI made a kerf plane(poor man's kerf plane) with a flush trim saw!Since I wanted to take advantage of a flush trim saw that has no set, I just put the saw blade to a plywood by epoxy glue. It's simple but it's very useful.The thing is, as all the part of the blade is touching (not angled) to wood and since it's a very fine saw, the teeth get jammed by saw dust and it's hard to move back and forth so I put the handle later.My original idea was just to use it for making a groove like one for dado fitting but as the project is just 5min thing I decided to make a sliding dovetail jig.It's not as noobie friendly tool as I thought but it's at least faster and more accurate than fabricating pieces by chisels for me.Footage: https://youtu.be/1SNXeQ_Apg8



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