Finding bug-eaten holes deep through a work piece is always a disappointment. Deciding what to do about them puts one in a quandry that can last for days. This piece of Western Red Cedar looked sound as I prepared it for the lathe, but once the cutting began, it revealed a nasty flaw that would leave a 5/8" hole through the side no matter how I cut into it. I could have drilled a round hole and plugged it with the same wood. I could have filled it with colored epoxy. I could have left it alone and titled the piece 'What's Bugging Me.' Instead, I decided to let the flaw become a feature:
Adding a leather strip looped through the hole and decorated with jewelry baubles seemed a nice way to make up for an unattractive flaw. So, now it is a unique piece of artwork as well as a functional bowl. This is, in the Turning World, what is called a 'Nice Save.'
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Eight are maple, six are walnut, and they'll sit atop a glass globe and a base made by the buyer. I worked off a CAD drawing done up by the other turner, and having several sets of calipers loaned to me to check dimensions as I turned was a real bonus. I'm putting more calipers on my shopping list.
The main lessons I took away from this experience probably apply to all woodworking: Assume nothing, Check everything, and Never work when you are tired!
It feels good to have completed the task and to get a "well done."