Creating a Large Sycamore Vase

A sycamore log has been mounted on the lathe and is ready for turning. The log has been mounted using face plate with 3″ screws. A live center helps support the other end.

Creating a large sycamore vase.

The outside of the log has been turned showing the final profile.

Creating a large sycamore vase. Outside turned.

A steady rest is used to support the vase while removing the inside.

Creating a large sycamore vase. Removing the inside. Steady rest.

The pile of wood chips created by turning this piece. Approximately 125 gallons of wood chips were created in turning this one piece.

Creating a large sycamore vase. The final piece along with the pile of wood chips created by turning it.

Next I apply several coats of linseed oil to the vase. This particular piece soaked up almost one gallon of linseed oil.

Applying linseed oil to a large sycamore vase.

The final vase.

The completed sycamore vase.

Sycamore: 16″ x 31″ (41cm x 79cm)

 

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2 thoughts on “Creating a Large Sycamore Vase

  • January 17, 2018 at
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    This and your pine bowl are amazing pieces. I saw the pine bowl on Pinterest and clicked on the link. That large bowl lathe is really cool. Did you make that yourself? I think with such really cool pieces, if you want to raise your profile, a YouTube channel would do wonders. I subscribe the the Rebel Turner, and watch all his turning videos. You bring that up a notch with the large bowl lathe.
    I have pinned your bowls and will check back to see what you do next. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    • January 17, 2018 at
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      Joe,
      Thank you for the kind words. Yes, I made the lathe myself (with the help from a friend who has a plasma cutter). While I have no plans of creating a YouTube channel, I did go ahead and upload a video of me turning a “small” bowl!!

      https://youtu.be/w8uknJY6lN4

      Bill

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