Thursday, March 13, 2008

Walnut goes BOOM!

This week I have been painting myself out the door and making my way out of work early enough to get some turning in. Janiece you will be happy to know that your bowl is finished, in the box and will be making it's way to you tomorrow. Now back to the turning part. I got a bunch of walnut from a friend and decided to give it a whirl. It's green, filled with excellent grain of sapwood and heartwood. It shines nicely when sanded and burnished but man it explodes nicely. I had a nice hollow form going, thin walls, nice shape, nice surface and then just one more cut and BOOM! five distinct flying pieces of walnut flew through the shop and made a hell of a mess. So for now no new photos for now but as the 1st of May approaches there will be more sawdust, more bottle stoppers, bowls and boxes and more photos to come.

1 comment:

Jim Wright said...

You're not alone. I've managed to make some really, really nice pieces of firewood this week.

First I had a thirty pound piece of birch heartwood explode (and knock me on my ass). Then I had a really cool spalted piece split at the base, I fixed it and damned if it didn't do it again. Then I had a lid for a turned jewelry box split in two pieces and fly across the shop. And last, yesterday, I had a spalted finale explode (rotten bark line in the neck I didn't notice until too late) and the finale (about the size of a door knob) missed my head by a whisker.

Like I said, I've got some really nice firewood this week.