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I just couldn't cut the corners off

So I turned it square. When I found this piece of wood it was black & moldy looking, probable could have been mistaken for firewood. I used a scraper and removed the black stuff and saw some pretty nice figure, so nice that I just couldn't cut off the corners to make it round. I had never turned square before so I figured WTH. Here's my results. Please enjoy.
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That is a beautiful piece of wood! Good call on keeping it square.
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dang thats awsome
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Wow what a find, shame someone may have burned it eventually if you hadn't saved it. Amazing figure man, good call keeping it square!
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Beautiful wood. Any idea what it is? My guess is quilted red maple with cluster burls.

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I just couldn't cut the corners off

Dang,you done did good,that is some beautifull figure

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Kudos for recognizing a potential piece of art.

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Should I be wearing 3D glasses to view this piece?!?!?!?! What an amazing grain. It looks like it has some real dimension to it and the turning looks fantastic. Absolutely gorgeous work.

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stunning result ... about how big is the piece? and how thin did you dare take it?

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That is really amazing. I love it!
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Nice work. Fantastic figure. What did you finish it with?

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Thanks very much everyone. It's about 10"x10" and a hair under 1/4 inch thick. The most challenging thing I found when turning it was that the corners disappear when spinning. That means I'm turning blind on the corners. What I did to alleviate this problem was wrap the edges with neon green masking tape. This helped with the visibility problem but I still whacked my knuckles hard a few times. gotta be watchful for those spinning corners.

Almost forgot. The wood is what I call Spalted, quilted, Curly, Burly Maple. It has a little of everything in it.
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That's an amazing piece of wood...
and you, sir, have done it justice!

Thank you for sharing it.

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Beautiful piece of wood Bill. Hard to believe it was on its way to the fire pile. Maple is quite an amazing wood, so much variation. Very nice.
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Almost forgot. The wood is what I call Spalted, quilted, Curly, Burly Maple. It has a little of everything in it.

Squaburly? Squirrely? Builtspurly?
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That turned out fantastic. Absolutely stunning piece of wood.

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Thanks very much everyone. More to come soon.
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Been wanting to try a square turning for a while but haven't yet. Nice work.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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All I can say is watch your fingers. I whacked mine good a few times. Other than that, go for it.
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