The daily woodturning blog.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Day 285: Plum crazy
Another piece coming to fruition from my latest sketchbook. This piece of Ornamental Plum was cut slightly long, mounted between centers, and a tenon turned on each end. The piece was then mounted on a large backer plate using 2 steel straps, 4 wood screws, and 4 large washers. The bowl portion was then turned, sanded, and a coat of oil applied.
The tenons were then cut off, the ends sanded smooth, and finished with a coat of oil.
Securing it in this manner allowed me to turn the bowl into the plum branch without using a tenon or anything that would permanently damage the surface.
My original sketch had several smaller bowls along the length. The more I thought about it the more I thought it might look like were just drilled in with a core box bit. Turning it like eliminated that appearance but gave it the appearance of just having the recessed area cut out with a saw. Upon closer inspection you can see that the surface is concave, something that can't be done with a saw.