That's what I was just told it was. Cool with me I had no plan for it. I had to turn one more thing I just couldn't stand it. Finished with Mylands High Build Friction polish. I love that stuff. The finished piece comes off the lathe already dry. It's sort of rough - it was a quickie.
I don't get the candle holder thing either, but she always surprises me with her ingenuity. I'll post another pic once she enlightens us.
Woody that vase in your avatar sure is pretty. Looks a tad like Catalpa though I know it isn't. What species is it, and is it indigenous?
dj I wasn't planning on hollowing it because I don't have a gouge for that other than a round nose. Is that the one to use? I was just planning on roughing out the outside but I couldn't desist hollowing "just a little". I kept getting deeper and after about halfway there no turning back. Getting the center is the toughest because the tool wants follow the rotation, so I fixed the rest so that it was sticking inside the vessel lengthwise and at a slight angle. Wasn't hardly any surface to work from but it seemed to be easy anyway. Like Hawk said though I am probably developing bad habits.
I'm self-taught with flat work too, but generally it's harder to hurt yourself with flat work except on the TS. Maybe I won't develop any seriously bad ones, other than using a spindle gouge to hollow bowls. :blush: I'm already broke of that one though. That's no fun.
Yea you got sucked into the vortex TT. As far as the tool to use I'm assuming you are talking about a scraper. Some things about using a scraper to remember is that the should always have a slight downward angle when contacting the wood. Also for better control, hold the tool in your hand up near the ferrule and then let the handle rest under your forearm. This extends your leverage by bridging the weak point, your wrist.
As far as the center nubbin, that's why many people drill out the center to the finished depth. You can use the scraper by starting the tool just below the nubbin and raising the cutting edge straight up. A few light passes should get rid of it.
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