Today is just a lovely day here in Minnesota. There's no snow and it's sunny outside. Perfect for wood turning.
I decided to turn the smaller of the two bowl-shaped pieces of box elder today just so see what it's turning qualities are and to shape it some. Since it is an irregularly shaped piece of wood, I placed it firmly between centers and I also had to move the tool rest behind the tailstock to get it out of the way. I also turned it very slowly for safety's sake and to cut it gently.
Here we go:
Here you can see the initial set up I used. I cut away the sharp corners and edges that were protruding out from the rest of the blank:
This photo shows some initial shaping. You can see I've moved the tool rest in front of the tailstock where it usually is:
This is the blank about after about 10 minutes of turning. It's beginning to be rounded a little. Time to turn it over and begin cutting out the the inside of the piece:
Here you can see the same set up as before:
And again here we are about 10 minutes into the turning. My objective here is just to cut the piece down into a useable piece of wood:
This is a side view of the piece at present:
Notice the red-tinged shavings:
Here we are at the moment:
And of course the wood shop is drowning in wood shavings. Time to sweep up and put some of the equipment away.
I have to work on the basswood platter next and I'll get to that late this week.