Norfolk Island Pine from southeast FL. was over thirty % moisture. On lathe about three weeks. covered with plastic when not turning. finish size 11.5 high x 12.5 dia. about .5 thick wall.
Turned a tenon on each end. Hollowed from each end. dried to 8% before finishing with lacquer.
The final part stands 180 degrees from tree growth to get limb marks to slant upwards. Used mostly 5/8 bowl gouge with homemade steady rest with rollerblade wheels.
Used old sears parting tool to remove the plug from the bottom. It caught bent and pulled out of handle. this took a while to remove.
Turned the plug to match a stepped recess and glued it back in with Tightbond type 3 glue.
After 18 hours it pulled out when connected to drive chuck to turn the top end. Re-glued and waited seventy hours before trying again.
Hollowed the top end placed around fourteen inches long drive pole with a tenon to fit the end fit my chuck and the dia. just fit inside the neck. this turned the part when the bottom was pressed with the tailstock.
Artist: W. Custer Smith
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