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Cedar log into hollow vessel

Finally completed this 13" hollow vessel that has been on my lathe for a few weekends. I don't like how the neck came out but I was too focused on the hollowing and basic shape. Man that cedar is soft stuff. Just think about making a cut and it happens deeper than you imagined.

Anyway, full process details and photos along the way are at
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Very pretty wood WT,
Looks nice. The only thing I would caution is turning a whole log with the pith still in the middle. Sometimes that will lead to a few cracks when it dries out completely. Very striking grain and color.
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Thanks Mike.

With Eastern Red Cedar, you don't have much choice. All the color and figure is in the enlarged central "pith." The wood is very soft but also quite stable and well dried. Cracks are a given, but they can occur throughout the wood and generally are non-fatal hairlines but not fractures. My experience is limited to a half dozen pieces from the same tree, but more experienced turners in my club helped guide me.

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Beautiful piece! Love all that Cedar color. Bet the shop still smells good!
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Very beautiful piece.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Great job ... very elegant curves and beautiful wood. It's too bad ERC fades so badly, I always wish it would keep that beautiful purple.

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Man that is beautiful.Ilike it alot;Mack
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Beautiful piece. I love to turn Cedar.
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