Turning Archive 2007

Subject:
Turning Mopane

Craig Daymon
>I bought a chunk of Mopane off someone at work on Friday. He bought it for his fish tank, but it turned out to be too big. I'm not certain I'll turn it as it looks pretty cool as it is. It's probably a root section. Looks alot like a chunk of drift wood, but this thing is heavy! I am considering how I might turn several small bowl recesses in the one side of this very heavy and irregular shape. Might make a pretty neat nut tray.

Has anyone turned this stuff before? What's it like? I understand it is being used a substitute for African Blackwood for making musical instruments. (Woodwinds.)

How have others handled turning off balance irregular shapes, especially heavy ones? This piece is probably near 20" long with most of the weight toward one end and probably 8" at the widest. (I'll see about posting a picture tomorrow.)

Thanks,
Craig

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