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Root Ball and resin bowl

#259225 by ChrisNeilan » Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:09 pm

Thought I would share my latest project. I turned this bowl from a Yew root ball. I cut the bush down 18 years ago, and dug up the root ball 5 years ago. I stabilized it with Cactus Juice, plopped it into a mold, and through several pours, filled the voids with Alumilite resin of several colors. This piece was hard as stone, literally! It had sand and stone embedded in it. I destroyed at least 5 carbide inserts (have to call Cap'n Eddie and restock!)and shortened a few bowl gouges. In the end I am quite pleased. Finished with Ack's Sanding Paste (a new sanding paste that I really like) and Shine Juice.
I will release a video after I edit what has to be 20 hours of turning into a watchable length!

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Chris Neilan

Shopsmith Mark 7, Shopsmith Mark V 1982, shortened, Shopsmith 10 ER; Craftsman table saw (1964); Powermatic 3520B lathe

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Re: Root Ball and resin bowl

#259226 by RFGuy » Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:32 pm

Gorgeous! I had to Google what Cactus Juice is since I am new to bowlturning...

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Re: Root Ball and resin bowl

#259227 by algale » Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:06 pm

That is stunning!

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Re: Root Ball and resin bowl

#259228 by Hobbyman2 » Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:33 pm

nice!

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Re: Root Ball and resin bowl

#259232 by BuckeyeDennis » Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:25 am

That’s a fabulous bowl, Chris ... it looks like it’s made from nice big burl! How big is it, anyway? Amazing that it didn’t rot after 13 years in the ground.

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Re: Root Ball and resin bowl

#259234 by Gene Howe » Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:14 am

Yew did a great job, Chris. It's gorgeous.

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#259244 by wa2crk » Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:55 pm

I never cease to be amazed by the variation in grain structure of root and crotch stock. I never turned root stock but I have turned crotch stock and either of them are VERY hard. The twisted grain makes it extremely difficult to keep the tools under control. But, Chris, you did a magnificent job.
Bill V

PS Chris, you may want to try this site
https://www.amazon.com/stores/page/BC32 ... %20inserts

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