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Another wood gathering adventure!

While working in the back yard a couple of weeks ago I could hear someone’s car or truck being worked on in the alley behind the house.

I went to check and a neighbor behind us was working on a rather unique looking truck.

After telling me about the truck he also told me about some wood someone had dumped in a vacant lot near by and we climbed in and went for the wood.

There were two large pieces that we could just barely lift in to the truck. It appears to be from a large pine tree.

After checking on YouTube I learned this thing is one of the ultimate 4X4 vehicles out there.

You can see one in action:

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Father’s Day 2018 at the Museum…

Father’s Day 2018 was spent at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista CA.

This is actually of my favorite places to visit for any reason, but to go there and sell things makes it even better.

On two weekends in June and October each year they have lots of machinery running as well as a “Tractor Parade”.

Besides the collection of tractors there is a row of stationary gas engines and a row of steam engines.

The small gas engines have a bit of nostalgia as the person who treated out seed grain in Lewiston, Utah all those years ago used a small engine like these to power the process.

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A trip to Running Springs

On May 12th we went to a craft fair in Running Springs, located in the San Bernardino Mountains.

We left home about 7:00 am and drove up to the event. We arrived about 8:00 am and began setting up for the fair.

Overall I think there were about 40 vendors with a variety of products.

The sun was out and it looked to be a nice morning with a bit of cloud cover but not too much.

After setting up the weather began to get colder and a fog moved in.

By noon we were glad to have brought a portable propane heater with us.

At the close of the event we packed up as quickly as we could and headed home.

By now the fog was really thick and visibility was quite limited. When we got to the Main Street to leave there was a head on accident and we had to go around the block a bit to avoid it.

Once again to prove that there is really an evil prankster hidden in Google Maps it took home in a completely different direction than we use to get there. The fog continued almost until we got to San Bernardino but we did make it home.

If the weather had been better we would have made a better day of if, but I am doubtful if we will go back there at least until the weather becomes warmer than it was that weekend.

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A day at the Riverside Art Market

Saturday April 21, 2018 was the 5th Annual Riverside Art Market.

This was held at the Riverside Art Museum and the Riverside Metropolitan Auditorium in downtown Riverside.

We began our set up on Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

I returned Saturday at 8:00 am and finished setting up and was ready for business when the Market opened at 11:00 am.

We had a very good day of sales which included some of everything we took.

There was also entertainment wandering about.

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Nearby wood gathering

Two recent adventure gathering wood near by.

One was a lot of small branches from some sort of Ficus trees. This will make a lot of cups, vases and other things.

The second was located just at the end of our block where a Jacaranda tree had to be removed due to termite damage. So far I have rough turned about 20 bowls and expect to end up with 50 to 60 bowls when finished.

The bowls range from 6 to 16 inches in diameter. Most are between 10 and 12 inches.

After roughing out the bowls they are packed in paper bags filled with shavings to slow down the drying process to help reduce cracking.

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Making a Plywood Vase…

One of the more challenging woodturning tasks is making segmented bowls.

Some advantages of segmented turning is you can easily repeat an item and they take a lot less wood that if you made the item from a single solid piece.

This is how I made a vase from 3/4″ Russian Birch Plywood. (it did state on the board that it was made in Russia)

First I cut the board into more manageable sizes and then began to rip the wood for the segments.


The plywood was ripped into pieces just over 1 inch wide. I left the saw set where it was incase I needed more pieces to cut.

The next step was to cut the segments for the bottom or base of the vase.


After that it was simply cut pieces for each succesive ring.

This item has 13 rings with each ring being made from 16 pieces. I also made a plug for the bottom that used 2 additional pieces of wood. Total of 210 pieces were used.

Rings were glued together using AeroMarine 300/311 epoxy. This is a slow curing adhesive which gives more time to build the rings.

After the rings are glued together they are stacked together on the lathe to make sure they were all signed up properly.


The last step was to turn first the outside then the inside of the vase.

I used my Jamieson hollowing jig to turn the inside. This is easier and safer for both the finished item and the lathe operator that using regular gouges and scrapers.

After turning the vase was sanded and finish was applied.

After who knows how many hours to cut segments, making and stacking the rings it took about 1 hour and 20 minutes to turn and finish the vase.


I plan to begin a new plywood vase in the next few days.

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A UFO has landed!

One of the YouTube channels I frequently is Brendon Stemp.

He is a very accomplished wood turner located in Australia.

Two different videos inspired making this project: and

I started off with one of the slabs from a large Ficus tree that we got some wood from in 2017.

I roughed out the bowl and then cut a deep wide groove in what would become the top of the bowl.

I then used hot melt adhesive to attach some Eucalyptus Seeds in the groove. After the glue had set and cooled I then filled the groove with Liquid Diamonds Resin and placed it into my pressure pot and waited about 48 hours to make sure the resin had fully cured.

Once it was out of the pressure pot I began turning it.


I then reversed the bowl and hollowed out the inside.


After finishing off the bottom of the bowl it told me it wanted a lid. With a nice final on it, thank you. Sorry no pictures of the lid being made.

The next request was to make three feet for it to stand on.

I then realized that a UFO had landed in my back yard!