Great work. So far my best attempts with that wood have looked more like sponges when I get done, than anything resembling a smooth surface. Maybe it is time to put some back on and see if my last few classes with some of the local real turners may have helped. I know they helped tremendously with other wood and turning projects, but that wood would seem to be a good test. If all else fails, I can send you the rest. :)
Bill (volleyheads) kindly sent me a coople of limbs of spalted Maple last summer. Like an anxious parent he asked how they turned out.
Well Bill after turning them wet to a wall thickness of about 3/4" last September time they have languished in my garage slowly drying while I said a weekly mantra in the hopes that they would not split.
I was concerned about getting any sort of finish on them as yes, they didn't turn up very nice, punky and fuzzy .
I've been meaning to finish them up as a good friend of ours, Timmy Hofstetter gave me some Pentacryl and Polycryl and I had every intention of giving them a bath in the Polycryl to harden them up.
Well you sort of got my butt in gear as today I thought I'd just centre them up and see what happened.
First cut revealed that the initial softness had gone and that if I really used a light touch and a super sharp bowl gouge then I might stand a chance of getting a reasonable surface without resorting to the Chemical bath.
So if I can remember how to post pictures I enclose a progress report.
After seeing David Ellsworths work it's a bit like "after the lord mayor's show" but here goes.
Must invest in a sanding system ...or get round to making one !!! he he I'm so cheap.
Note: the first two pictures, top to bottom, show the sample woods I bought to match: mahogany, walnut, oak, the bottom is the side of the table. The remaining 3 pictures are of the wood in question...