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The Wood & The Project (Read 101 times)
 
Ed Weber
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The Wood & The Project
Dec 4th, 2017 at 10:57am
 
So this week, as I was organizing some wood I purchased on Black Friday, I wondered how do others approach their projects and wood purchases.

Do you wait for a project like, John doe want me to make him a Walnut bowl, and then you go and find a suitable piece of walnut?
Do you hoard wood and wait until the right project comes along and you have just happen to have the right piece of this or that in stock?
Do you just let the wood "talk to you" and then see what it wants to become while turning.?
Or is it something else
There are many many more approaches when deciding what wood and what project belong together and how they get there, what's your story?

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How do you decide what wood to use for what project.
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Reply #1 - Dec 4th, 2017 at 11:39am
 
Well...  I definitely AM a wood hoarder!!! .. but not so much for any project.

I just like a certain piece and get it and then when i decide to put it on the lathe is when it decides what it wants to be. Shocked

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Re: The Wood & The Project
Reply #2 - Dec 6th, 2017 at 9:20am
 
I seldom purchase wood.

I am fortunate to have a friend in the construction business who is also a wood turner and when he clears a lot for a home and he starts to cut up the trees, I'm the first person he calls if he finds something interesting.

Once I have the wood in my possession, then, "I let the wood talk to me" and decide if what I have is going to be a hollow form, bowl or whatever.

Many times I don't know what I'm going to end up with until I have the stock mounted on the lathe.
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Reply #3 - Dec 6th, 2017 at 9:49am
 
Yeah... I put the piece on the lathe and my brain says  "Time to make some shavings!!!"

Before I know it, there is a bowl.  Shocked

I really think it is one of my favorite things about turning.

I DO, at times, consciously make an effort to turn a specific shape, but more often than not, it is revealed as the wood is removed.

Very Zen. Smiley
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Reply #4 - Dec 6th, 2017 at 12:52pm
 
I got the wood, now I'm waiting for the nerve to start turning it. It looks so nice I'd hate to have it end up as firewood.

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Reply #5 - Dec 6th, 2017 at 1:06pm
 
I have not had to buy wood!
Of the blocks I have, I look them over and decide whether a bowl, or something else. I make mostly bowls. Form/ shape of bowl is dependent on block once loaded on lathe.
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