Gymnocladus dioicus deconstructed at 800 rpm

A more singular post than is normal around here, but I am really into taking these high speed photos of spinning wood and stationary steel precipitating a diaspora of fibers and debris. This is a piece of a Kentucky Coffee Tree being made into a bowl.
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8 Comments on “Gymnocladus dioicus deconstructed at 800 rpm

  1. That’s so cool, buddy. Great shots! What are those strange little spikes on the wood? Is that just inconsistencies in the grain?

    • You know, I am not really sure. I always imagined that they are small branch buds or the trees response to a small wound in the cambial layer just between the sale wood and the inner bark layer. I notice them on a lot of trees, but I can’t say with authority what they are really.

      • Well, I think your theory sounds about right. That’s pretty darn cool. It’s good to revisit these images.

    • Thank you Clive. I get so fascinated watching the display of shavings as I am turning, I am constantly wanting to stop and set up my camera so I can try and capture some of it. Then I just get obsessed with taking pictures instead of working. Or maybe taking pictures is working. I don’t really know any more.

  2. Hey Jack,
    Looks like your having fun. Is that a new lathe? I don’t see”Old Blue” in the action on this one.This wood looks very interesting we don’t have any around here that I know of. Looks like your going to finish it green should be nice.

    • Good eye, David. It is a new lathe. I finally out grew “Old Blue”. The Coffee Tree is a very nice wood to work. The range map in my tree book shows it ending North West of your territory. Its beauty is subtle, which I appreciate.

  3. Beautiful photos and actions. I love all these detail shots. It’s amazing to think of the transformation from one thing to another but still the same wood. The wood almost seems to be cooperating or knowing what you are doing.

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