Monday, August 23, 2021

PLANT LIFE

The female Sago Palms look like this around here-the top know looks like a brain!  It is the size of a basketball on top of this 3' high plant while the branches cover a 6' diameter;  the fronds are not soft, on the contrary-each tip is needle sharp!  But you have to admire this plant-it is very prehistoric looking!
I spotted this knot on a tree-it is called a burl--
it's a thrill to turn on a lathe!  
I have plans for this burl and it will end up on my lathe soon! 
This is a century plant-a member of the agave ( Asparagaceae) family.  This plant is 6" tall and just as wide. 
 This, too, has a needle tip on each of its leaves!
This is a grapefruit bowl--it has striping and orange from the molding and spalting that grows in a dying tree.
Wood turners appreciate the color 
and design this brings to the finished results!
 This bowl is 5 1/2" across and 4" high. 
 I love the ease of making this kind of bowl; 
 it is pleasing on every level!

9 comments:

  1. Such a pretty bowl - love the orange in it. I spot a number of burls on trees in Valley Forge. Interesting.

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  2. How pretty! That bowl is really unique. Those are some pretty crazy plants you have down there in Florida. It's like a whole different world.

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  3. We have none of those plants either in Spokane or here in Nebraska. It's fun to learn about them. Every time I see an interesting piece of wood I tell Dennis that I'm sure you would love to turn it! The bowl is gorgeous and I love the different colors. Each one is so unique.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  4. I bet knowing what you can make with certain woods makes you think about trees a lot different. Very cool bowl

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  5. Interesting plants. The grapefruit wood bowl is a beauty.

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  6. We had male Sagos, but after hurricane Andrew we had to get rid of them. They got some sort of fungus disease ... I forget the name of it. We replaced the Sagos with Robellinis. Talk about NEEDLES!!!! LOL

    Your bowl turned out so cute. You sure are having fun with that lathe!

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  7. I can see the utility of a grapefruit bowl, even though I've never heard of that before. And it is gorgeous!

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