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Turning of the Week for July 4th, 2022

Emiliano Achaval

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Once again is my turn to select the turning of the week. Our TOTW has been doing an excellent job, not an easy one, with so many great, well-designed turnings to choose from. I have had my eye on a piece for quite some time, hoping that the other team members were not going to pick it. For this week's TOTW, I have chosen "A Small Blackwood Box with Bamboo Cross" by Hughie. I can appreciate how much work has gone into this beautiful box. From the carved lid, to the body of the box, and all the way down to the feet. One word came to mind: flawless. I also like the top, adding the bamboo gave it a nice touch. Well done Hughie, congratulations!

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So, @hughie how do you get the bamboo cross piece with a big joint on each end through the knob on the lid? Or, do you cut the bamboo in the middle?
Bill,
Are now your asking the magician how his trick is done :D. Seriously its cut in half and pushed in from both sides and glued. The amazing thing is you're the first person to ask this.
 

Bill Boehme

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@hughie, Thank you for revealing the "secret" and your secret is safe with me. I promise to keep my lips zipped.

A very long time ago, before I heard about woodturning, I carved a heart with an arrow passing through a small diameter hole drilled through the heart. The "secret" was that the arrow was made of basswood which can be compressed in a vise just barely enough to allow the head of the arrow to be passed through the hole. Once through the hole, the arrowhead was soaked in a shallow dish of water allowing it to swell to almost its original size.
 
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