Chips Are Flying In January

Today I arrived at the wood shop with the desire to make some chips fly.  I had a large pile of logs to choose from, and nothing to stand in my way.

Logs For TurningI decided to hack up a walnut log into pieces I could work with.  A couple hours later, 4 new pieces magically appeared.  Keep in mind, these are all rough turned.  They have to cure until the moisture content is correct, then they will be turned to their final dimensions.


After turning the walnut bowls, I made a switch to a different chunk of log.  A cherry log jumped right up at me and onto the lathe.  Six “Normal” bowls later, I decided to call it a day.  I still have a few more to turn tomorrow from the cherry log.  Not bad for a days work…


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New Projects On The Horizon

After nearly a week without turning anything, I had to get in the shop again when I made it back to South Carolina.  I brought a bunch of wood back from my dads place, including some walnut logs and oak lumber.  The oak has been air drying in dads barn for over 10 years, so it is nice and dry and ready to make completed pieces.  The first piece I decided to turn was a kids toy, a spinning top.  The results were better than expected, so more than the original two are planned.

I decided to turn some of the green walnut logs I brought to South Carolina from my dads place in North Carolina.  These logs are going to yield some great pieces, I just know it.  They are full of twists and knots, and some that are even pre-destined to be bowls.  Photos of those will come as I begin to create some pieces from the logs, here are some of the bowls I made this weekend.

Here is a short time lapse video showing me turning two more walnut bowls.

Stay tuned for more projects later this week…