Turning: Two Board Feet
November 18, 2005
Entry Details

# 322
Tom Reul
Hayden Lake, ID
Dimensions (inches):  
  Width:   12
  Height:   2
  Depth:   12
Materials:   Mahogany plank finished project completed with two coats of Danish oil.  
A turning blank of Honduras Mahogany was selected for its fine grain and good carving qualities.  The 8 quarter board was trimmed down from its original size of 18 inches wide by two feet long, to 12 inches by 12 inches for the initial turning.    
The turning blank was cut round on a band saw and then a waste blank was glued to the back side.  On the lathe the outside was turned first, leaving the face flat with one inch thick rim measuring from the face back to the outer edge of the plate. Then the center was hollowed out using a 3/8 inch bowl gouge from center of piece to inner edge of design.  I used a hollowing tool to get from under center edge of design to about an inch from outer edge of plate.    
The branch that forms the inner edge of design and holds the carving together is about 1 1/2 inches above the bottom of the plate.  To carve the leaves, branches and olives I used rotory burrs and other bits including a Rotozip bit for the deep areas and cutting through the openings.  Other tools used were carving gouges and chisels.   
The olive branch design is one that I used previously for a relief carving on a fireplace mantle.  To hold the piece during carving I made a stand from pipe, steel plate and a trailer hitch ball, allowing movement in any direction.    
This plate is of one piece of wood.  The leaves, branches and olives are carved from both top and bottom making it a three dimentional carving along the edge of the turned plate.  

Judges Comments
Betty : An exquisit use of two board feet! Excellent design and carving. Good craftsmanship. Good choice of wood. A comment here concerning the often asked question, "should something like this be considered turning when so much of the maker's time was spent carving?" With so many entries being segmented objects, this is an excellent opportunity to address that question. It is my opinion that the time spent laying out a plan, planing the boards, cutting, fitting, assembling and gluing the small pieces for a segmented, turned object far exceeds the time spent turning the object, which is no different (time wise) than turning something, then carving it!
Herb : Turned in a manner to set off the carving. The carving time far exceeded the turning time. When compared to segmented turnings the turning times are similar so both type of pieces must be judged on the same basis.
Joe : Exquisite carving. The depth of the carving was noteworthy.

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