MCW July 09 Demo
Jul 24, 2009Public
Photo: Ed Karch gives us an insight into his design considerations. He shows us vessels turned end grain and side grain and then, in a typical Karchian twist, decides to turn on a bias, halfway in between. This will make mounting and cutting much trickier.
Photo: Ed has provided two nice maple logs with some ambrosia and great stain patterns along the core. Clif Poodry is going to turn a side-grain vessel. If you think that looks like end grain, you'd be correct -- first Clif wants to get those flat ends off, and this is the easiest and safest way to do it.
Photo: Ed, on the other hand, has to make some flats for his centers, and he chooses to do it with some traditional hand tools...
Photo: ... homemade adz that look like this.
Photo: Yes, this is the task that Ed has set for himself. Get out of the line of fire!
Photo: Clif is off to a fast start, quickly roughing out a basic ball shape.
Photo: Ed is going very slowly, in more ways than one!
Photo: This is not an easy cut. A bowl gouge is the safest tool for this kind of thing.
Photo: Clif has now unmounted the ball and remounted it in side-grain configuration -- at 90 degrees to it's previous orientation. Note that the previous center mark was very close to the pith. This is some very nice wood. There is no tenon at this point -- he is using the chuck jaws as a large spur drive.
Photo: Ed is starting to get that wild thing tamed, but it's far from round.
Photo: Clif gets his basic shape going.
Photo: The pith is right here.
Photo: Ed is still getting those corners rounded off.
Photo: Clif's blank has a natural hole right through the middle of the pith. Note that it also now has a chuck tenon and shoulder.
Photo: Clif has now reversed the blank and is holding the tenon in the chuck jaws, but he's keeping the tailstock up for support as long as he can.
Photo: Ed's blank is now almost round.
Photo: Time to take a little break and talk about homemade tool handles. You don't have to spend a lot of money on these things -- with a little imagination, the local hardware store has all you need for a few bucks.
Photo: Back to work -- side by side. That's what this demo is all about. We are lucky to have two such talented turning teachers in MCW.
Photo: Ed has identified the top line, added a tenon and shoulder, and is parting off at the bottom.
Photo: Alas poor Yo... oops, wrong story. Ed's roughout is ready for chucking.
Photo: Clif is starting to hollow but keeping that tailstock connection as long as possible for safety.
Photo: Ed is now chucked up but also keeping the tailstock up for safety.
Photo: Clif has removed the tailstock and is now hollowing in earnest with a bowl gouge.
Photo: Clif's bowl gouge has a very steep angle -- looks like about 40 degrees to me -- that makes it a "Batty" grind.