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.
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.
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: https://youtu.be/7PHwjtgyX3I and https://youtu.be/s54ZJyEbKMY.
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!
On February 19, 2018 we went to San Diego, CA to look at some Eucalyptus wood behind a friend’s house.
The first surprise was that there was no road behind her house to where the wood was located.
The second surprise was that not only was there no truck access to the wood it would have to be carried out up hill from where the tree was located.
After going back to get the chain saw I went back down and began to cut up the large branch that had fallen from the tree. It looks to have fallen about 30 feet and knocked down part of an old abandoned wood play house.
I cut off three pieces from the branch and quickly realized they were too heavy to carry out so I then cut them in half length wise and began the job of carrying them out.
After carrying the wood up to the truck we returned home.
Over the next couple of days I cut these pieces in half and then roughed out twelve bowls.
After roughing out the bowls I put them in pails full of shavings to slow down the drying process and will check on then every month or so until they are ready to finish turn.
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