Turned Bowl with Ebony Rim

Turned Bowl with Ebony Rim

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Posted by  David J. Marks August 30, 2014 Unlike most turners who prefer to turn green wood (freshly cut wood that is still wet) I prefer to turn dry wood.  One reason is that I have collected a lot of highly figured and unusual wood during my thirty plus years of woodworking, most of which is dry now even if it was green when I purchased it.  But more importantly, I like to decorate my bowls, vessels, and wall sculptures with patina finishes and laminated rims, both of...

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Drying Olive Wood for Turning

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Olive wood from California orchards is prone towards developing cracks and checks very easily.  It is a beautiful wood and it is stable once it has dried. Here is what has worked for me in dealing with olive wood for turning. I recommend that you have some Green Wood Sealer on hand. Anchorseal Green Wood Sealer I brush green wood sealer over the entire piece of olive wood, which means the ends (number 1 priority and it is best to double coat them) as well as the faces and...

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Desert Woodturning Roundup Mesa, AZ 2013

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Last weekend I demonstrated at the Desert Woodturning Roundup in Mesa, Arizona. I had 6 rotations, 2 on combining metal with wood, 2 on gilding turned vessels and 2 on creating patinas on vessels. There was a great line up of Demonstrators : J. Paul Fennel who lives in Scottsdale and does some amazing pierced and carved hollow vessels. Richard Raffan from Australia who is one of the best known turners in the world with several books and videos that have won critical...

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