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Robert Manning

Indian Summer

[B][I]Indian Summer[/I][/B] [B]UPDATE:[/B] [B][I]Indian Summer[/I][/B] won First Place and Juror's Choice in the Masters division at the 2010 Orange County Woodworking Exhibition. [B][I]Indian Summer[/I][/B] was turned from the same tree as [B][I]El Dorado[/I][/B], a centuries old majestic California Oak that once grew on the Camino Real. The final turning of [B][I]Indian Summer[/I][/B] was done in total darkness through the 1.25" opening. A lamp was positioned onto the end of my hollowing tool inside the spinning form to indicate wall thickness by it's degree of translucence. The large diameter of the dark heartwood was extremely dense and increased lathe time considerably even though the wood was very wet. I employed a special drying process which took about six weeks. [B][I]Indian Summer[/I][/B] 8 1/4" high x 9 1/8" wide x 8" deep x 13.5 ounces 210mm x 232mm x 203mm x 383 grams April 2010 [url=http://www.californiawoodartist.com]californiawoodartist.com[/url] Images copyright 2010 by Robert Manning

Indian Summer
Robert Manning, Jun 14, 2010
    • Hal Taylor
      Quite an interesting shape Robert. I presume you turned on two axes. If not, how did you achieve the shape? The appearance is that of a cell going through mitosis or two nipples. I don't envy you hollowing it. Very pretty wood.
    • Robert Manning
      Hi Hal,

      I turned this Oak when it was very wet on a single axis. As the form dried and shrank, the pith extended out on each side creating the final shape. The wall thickness needs to be very consistent to make this work. The whole piece, including the foot, was turned green. Then it was dried and finally sanded by hand with 220 then 400 grit sandpaper.
    • Bernie Bober
      Great work Robert. Very interesting shape after drying. It is amazing how wood moves. Nice work.
    • Richard Kennedy
      Great use of green wood and a really interesting finished piece!

    • Don Leydens
      That is such an interesting piece. Thanks for the 4 photos. Would love to know more about the drying process. Love it!
      Don L.
    • Peter Michalski
      I really like the shape of the piece and the regular movement of the pith.
      And I love pieces with such thin walls.

    • Robert Manning
      Thank you fellow woodturners from around the globe. I enjoy seeing the work that you are doing as well. It really shows your dedication to this art form.

      I was reluctant to upload so many photos at one time, since it pushes others off the board, but I felt each photo tells an important part of the story.

      Thanks again,

      Robert Manning
    • Lou Carbone
      That is something how that dried. Very nice piece. Also thank you for sharing how it it was hollowed in the dark. I need to give that a try.

    • Robert Manning
      Thanks Lou,

      I appreciate your comment.
    • squirrel
      This is probably the most beautiful bowl i saw the last months!
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