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black locust bowl (thanks D Paine)

About a year ago, Dave Paine sent me a block of black locust. I rough turned it while it was still nice and wet, then set it aside in a paper bag to dry out.

It was ready to finish turn several months ago, but I only got around to it in May. What had started out as "a bit on the hard side" dried into something "a bit on the granite side" -- plus it had a nasty way of tearing off long splinters as the end grain turned around. I tried several different tools, all freshly sharpened: shear scraping, pull cutting, carbide tools, the lot ... sprayed with shellac, oiled it ... nothing seemed to fix it, so I ended up treating it with a lot of 60 grit.

I found it interesting that the inside gave me much less hassle -- or maybe I'd finally figured out how to deal with it.

Anyway ... I gave it several coats of Watco Danish Oil (till it built up a film) and let it cure for a week. Today I buffed it with tripoli / white diamond / carnauba wax.

Thanks for the opportunity to turn this piece, Dave -- it wasn't easy, but I enjoyed the challenge and have learned some new techniques.

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Way to persevere. Looks great. One of my first turning instructors would joke "if you can't turn it, sand it into submission"

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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dude thats gorgous !!!
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Way to persevere. Looks great. One of my first turning instructors would joke "if you can't turn it, sand it into submission"
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That looks awesome. Never seen the inside of black locust. There were a lot of them up in KCMO and I remember the thorns very well though.

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Nicely done!
Great reward for perseverance.
Really like that grain.

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Everyday--learning to liberate nice things from ordinary chunks of wood
and I like gnarly wood--outcome is always better than the start.
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I am happy to see you completed the bowl. Looks gorgeous. Thanks for the update.

You have re-inspired me to work on the log section I started.

The members of my wood turning club were almost unanimous that black locust is not worth turning. I think it must be due to the effort. It cannot be due to the final result.

I see you managed to keep the pith and not have it crack. Very well done.
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That looks awesome. Never seen the inside of black locust. There were a lot of them up in KCMO and I remember the thorns very well though.

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If you remember the thorns, it might have been honey locust, which has 2 to 5" thorns, sometimes bigger. Black locust only has
Small thorns, usually a quarter inch. They are totally different species.

To the OP, very nice work!
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Nice work. Not sure if I will ever have such timber dwon her in Oz but love that you persevered.

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Wow, new guy here, but I *LOVE* that wood! Beautiful
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I am happy to see you completed the bowl. Looks gorgeous. Thanks for the update.

You have re-inspired me to work on the log section I started.

The members of my wood turning club were almost unanimous that black locust is not worth turning. I think it must be due to the effort. It cannot be due to the final result.

I see you managed to keep the pith and not have it crack. Very well done.
Thanks Dave

I know that I took a chance getting as close to the centre as I did (though I think it's a couple of rings out from the actual pith). Just a couple of hairline cracks, they held together fine with a dribble of thin CA -- something visible in one photo.

Thanks once again for the piece of wood -- if I'd collected it locally I might well have given up before completing the piece, but because you'd gifted it to me I felt a higher level of obligation to keep trying.

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