The Lathe Rough Out, a concise guide

So i work mainly from whole branches… with bark on… this is partly a decision of aesthetics and partly one of being tight… I love the knotty,  barkey effect that you get from working with the whole cross section of a log, lots of character… Buuuuuut i have also never paid actual money for stock timber…

so this is how i go from a lump of wood (poorly dried) to the start of a piece, in this case a light shade. Here’s the time lapse:

 

so basically, i mount it up, chip off some excess bark, roughly round it, cut in a chuck mount and bobs your father…

i also inset the chuck mount, this is a little trick that allows me to fit something into the recess for holding the shade onto a light fitting… just a little trick…

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