Monday, September 5, 2011

Labors of the day

I spent 3 hour in the shop this Labor Day morning. It was an early start, about 8:30 because I wanted to avoid as much of the heat as possible. Even that early it was still 90 degrees when I started, one of the down sides to living in the desert.

During that 3 hours I was able to do the rough hollowing on all 6 pieces. They've all been hollowed to 1/2-3/4" thick and bagged for drying. Hollowing was both easier and more difficult because the wood is green. It's easier because the green wood cuts easier and faster than dry. Harder because the green wood shavings tend to clump together inside the piece. This means that in the early stages of hollowing it's 20-30 seconds of hollowing and then 20-30 seconds of blowing out the shavings using compressed air. That can be frustrating To say the least but becomes less of a problem as hollowing progresses. Then centrifugal force starts to become an issue as the shavings are thrown out from center to the largest diameter and because of the moisture content they clump together, often just out of reach of my outstretched fingers.

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