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    Hi Guys,
    Have got side tracked again so am having a go at a 3 piece bowl. Swamp kauri top and bottom with blackwood body and Kahikatea eagle in relief on the side. Well that's the plan anyways.

    The blackwood had a rotted crack that went to the centre of the piece of wood. The grain looked to be too good to bin so decided to put a base and cap on it to stabilise it for turning. I cut the waste off the corners of the blackwood and glued two of them into a block that I glued into a slot I cut where the crack was. With that all glued up it should be real solid for turning now.

    The plan is to hide the repair with the eagle and maybe some other artwork. The whole thing will be made out of offcuts from other jobs.
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  • #2
    I admire your courage with this project. There must be many risks with the lamination of blackwood & swamp kauri. Good luck, Glenn!

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    • #3
      Be careful, Glenn. Looking forward to following the project.




      Bill
      Living among knives and fire.

      http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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      • #4
        Hi Glenn , that Black Wood Grain looks like my Walnut Knot Wood . Unless the Bowl is goig to hold a Liquid I wouldn't worry to much about the Crack showing up in the Finished Piece . Don't want it to fly apart in the Lathe though . Watching along with the others on your Progress . MNerle

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        • #5
          Well now, this is an interesting turn of the event ahead. Hope all goes well, should be a very interesting piece.
          . . .JoeB

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          • #6
            Hi Guys
            I took a lot of time on getting the joins sanded to the point where when put together there was suction between the two pieces with no glue applied yet. Not much glue required to make a good fix. Stabilising the whole thing to be able to turn it was high on the priority list. hehehe. Well I survived the first part of the turning. Having spun it to shape on the outside and just looking at the piece The old brain started going into overdrive and I think we are in danger of getting sidetracked from the original plan for the piece.

            Was thinking that if I did the relief eagle and a few leaves on the side to hide the repair a little and a couple of blemishes.
            ( repair didn't look too bad.after turning.) There is quite a bit of weight to it so why not use it as a pedestal and put a spread winged eagle on top!

            I'm beginning to think that it would look pretty good.

            Have found that with all the minerals in the swamp kauri that tools get blunt real fast which was kind of interesting.

            The gloss you see on the piece is just from sanding down to 2000 grit no sealer or finish has been applied yet. Have a bit more sanding to do around the top. Hope to tackle the eagle tomorrow. Might have to take a couple of fibreglass castings of the shape to have patterns to work to.
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            • #7
              That's a beautiful piece Glenn,love the grain.
              Mark N. Akers
              My Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KarolinaKarver

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              • #8
                The patch is almost unnoticeable, If you weren't looking for it, probably would even notice it
                . . .JoeB

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                • #9
                  I like your work on this, your patch worked very well. I wanted to question you if you have tried resin on a repair to fill missing wood. I have only watched on you-tube, but is impressive by some I have observed.

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                  • #10
                    Looking good Glenn. Will you drill out the center to start the inside?

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                    • #11
                      Hi Glenn , WOW!! that's a Beautiful piece of Wood . Should make a Great Base for your Eagle . You set the Bar pretty high for the Eagle to compete with , no Pressure . Ha, Ha. Merle

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                      • #12
                        Hi Curly
                        I haven't used resin as yet but it IS on the to do list. There is no reason why it shouldn't work. My Dad uses resin in woodturning. He machines a slot into wood then fits it with fancy shell then pours in the resin. Once set he machines off the outside edge and polishes the resin so the top of the vase has a fancy band of shell in resin around the top edge. Looks great. So based on that I dont think using resin is an issue. BUT!!!!!!! be sure to get the right type of resin SOME DO NOT WORK ON WOOD . Some are DESIGNED to work with wood so best consult your local expert on which type and brand to get.

                        Hi Randy.
                        Thanks Buddy, I think I will leave the whole thing solid and use it as a plinth for an eagle to go on top. Just a tad concerned that the crack might go right through with the vibration of the machining. Dont want it to fly apart in the lathe. Is probably as good as gold but until I get more experiance with turning I will err on the side of caution I think.

                        Hi Merle
                        Thanks buddy. If I have a blow out on the eagle and end up in total failure . I have a back up plan. You see I know this guy that has a REAL THING for eagles and specialises in carving them. If I asked him nicely I might be able to get him to make me one.hehehehe Gosh I wonder who that could be ??? hehehehehehehe have a great day Merle.

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                        • #13
                          Made some progress on the eagleto go on the side of the piece today. Started with making a vertcal and horizontal profile of the piece so that I had something to work to when carving the back of the eagle to fit the piece. Was quite tricky to get the eagle head hollowed out to fit the shape of the piece.

                          When it was getting close I taped some carbon paper on the piece held the eagle head on it and gave it a small wriggle. All the high spots had ink on and I sanded them of and repeated the proccess. took a while but I got it to a pretty good fit in the end.

                          Then came giving the eagle some shape. Have roughed out most of it with the knife. Just a bit more to do then I will sand the thing down a bit ready to give it some detail.

                          Think I will add colour to the eye and beak and try some shading in the feathers, perhaps with graphite powder to liven up the piece when detailed. Will be interesting to see how it turns out.
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                          • #14
                            Beautiful work, Glenn. Graphite powder used on wood is a new technique for me. How do you do that?




                            Bill
                            Living among knives and fire.

                            http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                            • #15
                              Hi Glenn , Oh, I see how you are going to mount the Eagle . I thought you were going to put him on Top of your Beautiful Wood . Looking good , you will not need any help on the Eagle . Gona be a Great Piece of Eye Candy . Merle

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