Discussion in 'T's Custom Outdoor Gear' started by T. Pollock, May 9, 2017.
Sweet, thanks for the photos brother!
A 24 oz textured cherry bowl I'm working on for Hannah.
Wow, such detail, that must be a lot of work...watching.
Thank you brother! The texturing is done with a special tool while the bowl is on the lathe. It's more work than a normal bowl but all those little grooves aren't hand carved. It's actually fun to use and fun to watch how it works.
I'm super excited WW
LOL Then I'm a happy camper.
The tung oil really made the grain and the texturing pop! I'll get some more photos after the next coat.
Thank you kindly brother!
That's beautiful work! I'm saving up for a kuksa!
Thank you! Hannah is actually getting a cherry Carve-A-Kuksa to match the bowl, I just haven't got started on it yet.
If you haven't seen them the Carve-A-Kuksas are a great deal for someone that would like to do a little carving on one to make it their own without having to carve the whole kuksa. About 98% of the work is already completed but at half the price of a completely finished kuksa.
Is giggling like a 6-year-old allowed?? Because that's what I'm doing! I can't wait to see more! And I love cherry
That would be fun to watch sometime!
I've seen a knurling tool for metal; is the one you use for this similar?
The one I used for this one isn't but I do have one that is similar to those for knurling metal. It makes a smaller pattern that to me is much less defined. The one I used for this one is actually a cutter where the others compress the pattern into the wood.
The finished cherry bowl for @HannahT and her nesting Carve-A-Kuksa.
Spectacular Tim! Hannah will be very happy.
Thank you kindly bother! You know me, I'll make certain she's a happy customer/camper.
I will soon be sitting in my front yard with a glass of lemonade, watching for the mail lady
That is gorgeous, Tim!
Thank you brother! That's the first time I've made that pattern with that tool. I think it does a much better job than the other tool I've used for that textured pattern.
Finally got another Carve-A-Kuksa turned for Hannah. I gifted her the first one to practice on because it had a knot in the bottom that I didn't trust. This blank was still really wet so it will need to dry a few days before I can sand the inside and apply the tung oil, that's the reason the tenon is still on the bottom of it. Too many projects going on at one time here lately. I had hoped to open back up for orders by now but I'm going to have to hold off on taking any for awhile yet until I get some things taken care of.
Thanks for your patience everyone,
Looking good, Hannah will be happy.
Got a Bush Bottle roughed out today for @Stringer
Most folks don't tell of their failures but I'm not one of them. I'm certainly capable of making mistakes just like anyone else is, plus wood is just simply unpredictable sometimes. I've mentioned countless times that I stand behind everything that I make but I always have that fear that someone will have a problem with something they got from me and not let me know about it. Thankfully Stringer is a good friend and was kind enough to let me know about an issue he had with the first bottle I made him. This lets me know there is a problem (I can't fix one if I don't know about it ) so that I can try to figure out why it happened and do my best to prevent it from happening again. If any of you ever have an issue with something I've made for you please let me know about it so I can do all I can to make it right. In this case the bottle I made for Stringer started leaking after a period of time. He was kind enough to send it back at my request and I repaired the leak. Unfortunately after fixing it and sending it back to him it developed another leak in a different place. Sometimes wood just does crazy things and it's not always predictable. I once again apologized to Springer for the inconvenience and told him this time to just keep the first bottle and I would gladly make him another one free of charge to replace it. I'll be doing things a little different on this one and hopefully I can't prevent any further issues with the Bush Bottles.
Doggone it, Tim, you shouldn't have. This just goes to show what a sterling gentleman you are, and one of the many great people that keep me coming back to BCUSA.
Tim is good people.
Thank you for the kind words brothers! A bottle that won't hold water is useless. Unfortunately I can't always control what wood does but when It doesn't do what it should I can certainly do my best to make it right. Plus it gives me an opportunity to perhaps learn something about wood or my procedures that I didn't know before. Some of our greatest learning experiences come through our failures, that's why I gladly openly share mine in hopes we can all learn together. I've always enjoyed teaching and that's one of the biggest reasons I'm a vendor. Sharing our failures/mistakes (even when it's something we couldn't control) is just part of good teaching. IMHO
With the bottle in question I believe my mistake was using a piece of wood that was borderline too spalted. With spalted wood you get some beautiful colors and patterns but it's always a judgement call as to how much is too much. I always try to give my customers the most beautiful piece I can make for them but this time my judgement call was wrong. It's a beautiful bottle but the wood was just too spalted to use for a bottle.
I tried the ca glue. The water worked it's way around it through the spalt line. I think I'll stop there.
It's still going to stand in a place of honor on the mantle, as a reminder of these past months.
Thank you for sharing the photos brother. It does still make a very nice looking display piece and hopefully a reminder of your friend in TN.
The cherry Carve-A-Kuksa from above getting tung oil. We've had nothing but rain here lately and the humidity is so high it has taken this one a good while to dry enough to finish sanding the inside and start the tung oil. I like to give them time to do their warping during drying (the time cracks are most likely to occur if they're going to happen), before putting the oil on them.
I haven't made any pipes other than a few bush pipes I made as gifts for several years. A great friend ( @Stringer ) who has gone far beyond anything I could have imagined to help me out recently asked me about making one for him though for a special occasion and I agreed to make him one. As I started on this one I realized/remembered that when I quit making pipes I sold some of the custom tooling I had made for pipe making so I had to find alternative ways to get this one done. I've got video tutorials of pipe making on YouTube so I won't attempt to explain all the many steps in these photos but thought some of you might enjoy seeing the photos of the making of this pipe. If anyone has any questions though on what you see in the photos please feel free to ask and I'd be happy to explain as best I can.
14. Perhaps the most critical part of making a pipe (especially a bent pipe which is far more difficult), accurate alignment and drilling of the chamber and airway is finished now.
22. For a bent pipe this all that can be done on the lathe at this point. Basically just the rough shaping. From here it goes to the bandsaw for a little more bulk material removal.
27. And from this point on it's all tedious hand shaping, all the excess/bulk material that can be removed has been done.
None of the hand shaping is done yet but I'll share more photos as I get closer to having it finished. I've been out of commission for a while now due to some health issues but it sure feels good to be able to get back in the shop even if only for short periods of time.
As always many thanks for stopping by to take a look!
Wow! Very cool to see the whole process! Thanks for taking the time to share it with us.
I'll second that. Thanks @T. Pollock!
And, good to see you back in action...
You're super welcome guys, thank y'all for stopping by to take a look and for the kind words!
As mentioned above the rest is really nothing exciting to see, just hand carving/shaping until ya get close enough to start sanding. I've carved a little on it today, I just have to take my time because of the carpal tunnel. If you've never tried carving briar let me warn ya... it's hard as a rock!
Thank you my friend! It's good to be able to be back at it, I get cranky when I'm not able to be creative.
I'm surprised you don't use a die grinder or dremel with a carbide bit instead of carving...
Thanks for the extra work of posting pictures. I will have my brother set up in front of your W.I.P. when he lights his first bowl. He will surely enjoy the process, Tim.
That's the way I use to do it but I didn't feel like going to the shop so I decided I'd just do some relaxing hand carving here in the house. Also it's been a long time (I'm way out of practice ) and I can nibble more accurately or maybe I should say slowly/safely without making an un-fixable mistake with a knife.
You're very welcome brother, I thought he might enjoy seeing some photos of it actually being made.
And it gets the distinction of being "hand carved"!
I use to use my 2x72 belt grinder (Big Red) a lot as well but it's been put away in the basement to make room in the shop for my wood heater.
Yes sir, this one indeed is.
Now if I could only get him to stop smoking that foul smelling Prince Albert he insists on smoking!