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Cool Some of the latest shrooms.

Just a few of my latest creations from the woodpile. The first one is a small burl I found on a piece of firewood. The second is a leftover piece from a spalted Maple log I used up, it may become another lamp, haven't decided yet. The others are from last years tree trimming at a local park. Customers seem to really like the bark inclusions and bases so I give them what they want. Sorry bout the crappy photos, battery was dead in the DSLR.















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Shrooms

A piece of brevity: Back in the day (1960's) I ate a lot of dried shrooms that looked like the second one featured. What with all of the things I took, I realize that I'm lucky to have most if not all of my brain cells.

For turnings to come out of your woodpile, those are great.

Mushrooms and goblets are the things I demonstrate when going to a high school to hopefully influence some of the young people to have a good hobby for life. Make an appointment with the local woodclass teacher (if there is still such a thing) and offer to do a demo using their lathe and your other equipment. You'll be surprised at such a rapt audience, and probably be asked back again and again and again.

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Looking good. That second one looks on the large size.

As a side note, they still had those mushrooms in the '80's okie. Don't ask how I know.

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Looking good. That second one looks on the large size.

The larger ones are mostly for outside or become lamps.

As a side note, they still had those mushrooms in the '80's okie. Don't ask how I know.
Those mushrooms are still around now. I have been asked many times to help someone find them.

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Forgot about this one. Just another style from same wood.




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I love all of these. They look great. I was going to pick my favourite, but couldn't choose because I like them all. Great work.

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Biscobob,

I saw your last thread on mushrooms. I just got a used Craftsman wood lathe (after ~40 years of not having one - I was a kid when Dad sold it), and after putting it together and trying some basic operations I remembered your thread and thought I'd try my hand at one. All I had in the shop was a 2x2 that had gotten ripped down from a 2x4, and I know that pine isn't exactly the best wood to turn but hey... I had a new toy.

Anyway, I was wondering if you could make a small post about the steps you go through when you do your mushrooms? Do you turn it between centers, and if so, how and when do you remove it from the ends? I didn't mean to but wound up cutting it through at the top, so I had to finish it on the belt sander.

My first modest effort at a fungus is below. As is obvious, I have a lot to learn.

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While I work on putting the post together, and maybe some pics, I can give ya a couple tips. I normally use a chuck because it is easier to finish off the top of the shroom. I also use the tailstock to hold the piece for my initial shaping. From there it is a simple matter of getting the basic shape done and prepped for sanding. I use a parting tool to cut the top, tailstock end, free. Then just cleanup the cap with a skew and scraper and start sanding. I am now down to between 10 and 20 minutes per shroom, the smaller ones and rustic ones anyway, including sanding and the first coat of oil.

Hope that helps.

BTW, be very careful roughing logs and limbs held only by the chuck if you choose to try that, you may get to see how fast your
reflexes are.

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Aha... I thought it might be something like that. I may be a novice at woodturning but I've been a machinist and also used a watchmaker's lathe... which has more in common with turning wood than most folks would think!

Now... off to check the manual to see what kind of chuck will fit and where to find such a beast.

I didn't realize turning was going to be so much fun... I just got the lathe to make a Traveling Gavel for my Lodge! Instead of just buying one for $250 or more). But I really enjoyed making that mushroom.

Now my wife is making noises about how she's always wanted a matched set of wood salad bowls, too... At my skill level with wood, I'm not sure I can make TWO matched bowls yet, let alone SIX!
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I normally use a chuck because it is easier to finish off the top of the shroom.
Three jaw? or a four jaw? Sort of like these?

BTW... anyone have any comment on the quality of grizzly.com's stuff?

And should I start a new thread? (Since I think I just hijacked Biscobob's?)
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Hijack away, besides I'm sure somewhere in the past this subject has been beat to death.

Four jaw, try holding a square object in a three jaw chuck.

I have two of those chucks your looking at and they do work and I do still use them, but I went to this: http://www.pennstateind.com/store/CUG3418CCX.html and things are much better now.

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Are you sure those are mushrooms? A couple look something a little more "marital aid"...

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Hijack away, besides I'm sure somewhere in the past this subject has been beat to death.

Four jaw, try holding a square object in a three jaw chuck.

I have two of those chucks your looking at and they do work and I do still use them, but I went to this: http://www.pennstateind.com/store/CUG3418CCX.html and things are much better now.

Woodcraft has their Nova Chuck for midi's on sale for $99.00

FYI Harbor Freight also has a great Rotary tool set on sale for $13.00

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