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Had looked for a piece of live oak large enough to do a 15 inch plus platter quarter sawn for a long time . Well What I finally found a 19 inch tree and cut a blank next to the pith. Not quarter sawn like Mike Mahoney uses but close as it gets. By the way Mike cuts some huge timbers , maybe 4 foot diameter. Tree had been down maybe 60 days when I got to it. Then I cut the blank and did a first turn leaving the blank at 2 inch thick. I sealed all edges and toward the center with paraffin . After two weeks it developed some cracks so decided to finish turn. I started with the back and had some bad spots appear at what looked like a branch and discovered after reversing that there was a bit of pith that would be left if I finished in that orientation so I turned the front to almost complete then reversed again. That got most of the branch out so sanded back and turned again . For the final sanding and then some embellishment with a bead and burned line. Now decided that it needed some back embellishment. I did a crosshatch design with a Sorby mini spiral master, a middle with Decorating Elf, then the Wagner tool. Remember this blank is still wet so I bagged it to dry. It is now drying and not as yet warped as live oak likes to do and what hapens but the left over from the branch starts to curl . I filled that with black CA and now just wait. Started as 19 inch and finish is 17.
My neighbor had some limbs cut and I picked up some of the pieces thinking firewood, but decided to turn some. Started doing hollowforms and then went on to try dye. It does not show well in the pic but there is violet sanded off and then yellow and then red. Used Chestnut spirit Stains and finished with lacquer. I turned this piece all the way to finish in one sitting and got no movement out of round and this is one of the smallest entry holes I have done so far.
I volunteered to build some plaques/trophies for my youngest daughter's horse club she belongs too. She has been taking riding lessons since before summer and her instructor fired up a wonderful club for the youth of the valley and adult riders as well. We have a club event coming up next Saturday and the trophies are to be presented to the top riders in their divisions and class. We wanted to keep them simple, yet elegant. So I grabbed slab stock I had in my shop from other jobs leftovers, and commenced to free styling some work, off the top of my head, and working with what I had on hand. I also received some valuable feedback from one of the mothers of the club who stated that she had way to many wall plaques from previous sporting events, and that one more plaque she could do without, so keeping that in mind, I went ahead and made them so they can stand on a coffee table, or a shelf, or heck, they could even become book ends!!! I had some Walnut left over from one of my rockers I built, and some California Live Oak as well. I cut them out in blocks, leaving the thickness intact, and keeping any imperfections or cracks in place as well. I then hand sculpted the edges and then sanded them all down to 800, then a coat of Boiled Linseed Oil to finish them off. The first image below is one of the plaques with a horses head medallion laying where it should go, below that will be the name plate with the event engraved and the bottom of the trophies will be lined with felt. This was fun, and I was so glad to be able to help out a great group of horse people in our local community. I made a total of ten, 5 for overall champion in each age division, and 5 for reserve champion in each age division. No two are alike, each one is original and unique, as are the riders who will receive them. It was really quit surprising how long these took to make!!!! Sanding them all to such a fine grit and getting all the nooks and cranny's in the sculpted edges took a day alone. But it was fun, and for a great cause! Here is my girl at her last event with our club. She is getting ready to enter the arena for her Gymkhana timed event. Here is mama and our daughter with awards in hand for her efforts. They were all so proud and all the younguns did so wonderful. I will head on down to our local trophy store where I placed the order for the engravings this coming Thursday to pick them up, and once I get everything mounted on the trophies I'll post back here for some final images! Thanks for following along Patriot Woodworker's! UPDATE Photos (11/15/2013) I delivered the trophies today to the club and they loved them. I am very happy with the trophy company's work on the plates too, it is first rate work and the customer service is awesome. If anyone here lives in the IE Riverside CA, you really need to look up Anady's Trophies and do business with them, one step into the front of their shop and you know you are in good hands and the place reeks of quality work. Thank you Anady's! So here is our finished product! Thanks for looking folks, now the big catch is, my equestrian daughter is out of commission for the next couple weeks! She has been down with a wounded knee for the last two weeks and she cannot have an activity on it for another few till after Thanksgiving. So she'll miss the debut of her dad's trophies with the club.