Turning Archive 2007
Mike Rubes, Apex, NC
I've been playing with my new Jordan hollowing tools and this is one I just finished today. To be honest, the form is ok, but it was the wood that was really special! For my birthday last week my dad gave me a box of New Zealand Kuari that he had bought on the web. This wood was harvested from a bog in New Zealand and is somewhere between 30,000 and 50,000 years old!!! The gee-whiz-neat-o factor is through the roof for me on this! This could be the oldest piece of non-petrified wood ever posted on WC? :) I liked working the wood. The coloring is not that spectacular, but it is better in person than the pics. It was fairly soft. Somewhat softer than, say walnut, but harder than poplar.
The pice is about 5 inches high and 3 in diameter. Sanded to 1200 or so and T&T varnish followed by buffing with Bealle. It is about as thin as I could go, about 1/8" in most places, maybe a little thicker righ in the fat spot of the shoulder.
Comments and critiques are welcome.
Wood from before the pyramids in Apex, NC!!!