An End-grain Spalted Bowl

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  • Published on Jun 6, 2017
  • I turn a bowl from a very spalted piece of log cut-off. The wood is very soft and doesn't turn well. On top of that, I make a bit of a mess of the finishing. Other than that, everything's good.
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  • Ed Giesbrecht
    Ed Giesbrecht 10 days ago

    Thanks for sticking with it to the end. Not an easy project. Inspired by your skill.

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  7 days ago

      Thank you for your nice comment, Ed.

  • Craig Keller
    Craig Keller 12 days ago

    Live and learn, it’s what we do!

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  10 days ago

      Thanks for watching, Craig.

  • burntheobedient
    burntheobedient 13 days ago

    You painted a piece of art. Why not use 5 minute resin and fill the torn wood with that? Too bad. Looked good until you painted it. It doesnt make sense to turn spalted wood and then cover up the natural look.

  • Cyril Murphy
    Cyril Murphy 15 days ago

    Hi how wood you be trying bees wax?

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  14 days ago

      I’ve only used beeswax once or twice. It doesn’t shine up much, and it’s not very durable. Thanks for the suggestion, Cyril.

  • Buford Lawhorn
    Buford Lawhorn 16 days ago

    I have seen videos of people using wood stabilizers on full pieces of wood before turning . If you did this before your final turn , it may come out smoother

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  14 days ago

      That would probably have worked. I’ve never bought any wood stabilizer, because it’s kind of expensive. Thanks for the suggestion, Buford.

  • Peter Fuchs
    Peter Fuchs 22 days ago

    😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  • WYOMINGWOODTURNER
    WYOMINGWOODTURNER 24 days ago

    Rick, Please be very careful with a faceplate and screws into end grain with no tailstock support. Screws do not hold well in end grain.....Sam

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  24 days ago

      Thanks, Sam. You're absolutely right, of course. I usually bring the tailstock up, but sometimes I'm fiddling with the cameras too much and I forgot.

  • J Wall
    J Wall 27 days ago

    First of your videos I’ve watched. I must say that was a gorgeous piece of Spalted wood. You turned a nice bowl with a pedestal. I thought oh, a clear coat after sanding perfect. Then you put a heavy burgundy dye on it and you lost the beauty of the wood. But, all is not lost the shape of the bowl with a pedestal was very nice. Oh, you’re cutting off the pedestal. I’m done. You ruined it

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  26 days ago

      That piece of wood had a lot of white rot in it, which wasn't very attractive. The dye saved the dye, I think. Thanks for watching, J.

  • Chet Nakelski
    Chet Nakelski 28 days ago

    I think you did a fine job! It looks beautiful

  • seamanjive
    seamanjive 28 days ago

    I really like your commentary as you resolve each challenge of the piece ad you work through the process. That analine dye is nasty stuff. Dont allow skin contact and definitely dont breath in any dust if you sand it. I do like the colour but, in this case, less would definitely be more!

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  28 days ago

      You’re right about aniline dye! Thanks for watching, seemanjive.

  • Gerda du Plooy
    Gerda du Plooy Month ago +1

    I nearly cried when you dyed it, it was so beautiful before...

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  Month ago

      I like the red dye on spalted wood. This piece had a lot of white rot in it, which wasn’t that attractive. Thanks for watching, Gerda.

  • Robbing Hook
    Robbing Hook Month ago

    RED?

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  Month ago

      Better red than dead....or is it the other way around? Thanks for watching, RH

  • nathan hammond
    nathan hammond Month ago

    I like that color

  • Tom F
    Tom F Month ago

    I was thinking the die would be thinner and more transparent. Still okay though. Better than a stick in the eye. LoL

  • D Jacobs
    D Jacobs Month ago

    Very nice. Love spalted wood. How do you like the Nova DVR?

    • D Jacobs
      D Jacobs Month ago

      Thanks fir the information. You might have saved me from lots of frustration.

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  Month ago +1

      I used the Nova Galaxi lathe for about five months. It was on loan to me from Teknatool, to do a review. But I ran into a number of problems with it, most small, but several quite serious, requiring a new headstock and a new tailstock to be shipped from the manufacturer. So I returned the lathe to Teknatool without doing a review. I can't recommend it.

  • Ian Chappell
    Ian Chappell Month ago

    Natural for me too...

  • Pat Schindler
    Pat Schindler Month ago

    Beautiful color but I still like to see the Spalding more prominent

  • Pat Schindler
    Pat Schindler Month ago

    Use the water with the die. Water will help it to flow better

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  Month ago

      The dye was water-based, I believe. Thanks for watching, Pat.

  • Pat Schindler
    Pat Schindler Month ago

    I love that wood, it’ll be a beautiful bowl

  • Finn Posner
    Finn Posner Month ago

    Good job Rick on a very pretty but obstinate piece of wood. If I might make a couple of extra comments. You might want to consider removing your watch when you turn as it can become a hazard if caught by a spinning object. When you changed to a scraper on the inside of the vessel you didn't change the position of your tool rest and as such the audience could see a lot of vibration in your tool. Try keeping the tool rest as close to your object, even if you have to change positions frequently. It will make for more stability and hopefully a better cut. Lastly that piece of wood had so much going on with it, like grain pattern and color, I also feel the dye was overkill and just some oil or poly would have been my choice. But then again it's only wood, there's lots of it because it grows on trees. Keep making chips!!

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  Month ago

      You're right about the watch. I've made more of any effort recently to take my watch off - I video the act of removing it, and that helps me to remember. Thanks for the feedback, Finn.

  • WHAT71
    WHAT71 Month ago

    As a professional finisher I can say that you don't have a clue. You trashed one of the best looking pieces of wood I have seen in years. Thanks for nothing, idiot!

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  Month ago

      Wow, are all professional finishers as disagreeable as you?

  • Anna Sampson
    Anna Sampson Month ago

    That is beautiful.

  • Villy woodturning
    Villy woodturning Month ago

    how do you get more view on youtube i don't understanding i just my channel and i think making some great piece maybe hahaahaha ... so keep going your great work i give you the url for my channel ru-clip.com/channel/UC7dhM9wNdrPjKOMQ223FVEA?view_as=subscriber

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  24 days ago

      Hi, Villy. I mentioned your channel in my September woodturning videos report (round about minute 4, bit.ly/31E5Ef7). But I'll bring it up again in the October report (which will be published in early November).

    • Villy woodturning
      Villy woodturning 25 days ago

      Thanks 🙏 Rick . And yeah it’s take some time I’m gonna be patient 🙂 thanks to you to taking the time to réponse at me maybe you can make a shootout of my channel in your video 🙃 . Keep going to turn some awesome piece of wood and make great video editing

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  25 days ago

      Hi, Villy. Sorry it's taken me so long to reply. RU-clip put your message in the spam folder for some reason, and I don't often look at my spam folder. Getting more views on a woodturning channel is just an exercise in patience, I'm afraid. I see you have 123 subscribers as of today, and that's doing quite good for a channel started at the beginning of September. Keep making those videos!

  • Rawc90
    Rawc90 Month ago

    No idea why everyone is complaining about the dye. I think it looks amazing

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  Month ago

      Thank you, Rawc - I like it too.

  • Angie Carty
    Angie Carty Month ago

    Question: why did you cut that Beautiful pedestal that bowl? I looked so much more stable with it but besides that it just looked like it belonged there...Do Over...

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  Month ago

      The pedestal was pretty chipped - it would have looked good if I had taken more care. Thanks for watching, Angie.

  • Andre Dupuis
    Andre Dupuis Month ago

    Where did you buy your deep guide rick

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  Month ago

      I’m not sure what you are referring to by “deep guide”. Could you tell me what time in the video that tool appears?

  • Kevin Coop
    Kevin Coop 2 months ago

    Just my opinion. If the wood was supposed to be red, it would have been read already. But I have no stain in my shop, and if asked to stain a bowl, I would say, no I don't do stain.

    • Kevin Coop
      Kevin Coop 2 months ago

      RickTurns If we all liked the same things it would be a very boring world. It's all good!

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  2 months ago

      In this case, the wood had a lot of white rot, and it wasn’t that attractive. I like red dye on spalted wood - the spalting still shows through. Thanks for watching, Kevin.

  • AnFear Mór
    AnFear Mór 2 months ago

    The wood looked fantastic, the dye ruined it, but hey - we live - we learn.

    Other than that, fantastic video. Well done.

  • Warren Kaye
    Warren Kaye 2 months ago

    Rick how did you like that Nova Lathe? I know this video is a couple years old and you use a different one now with your videos.

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  2 months ago

      I had the Nova Galaxi on loan from Teknatool for about 5-6 months, to do a video review. However, I ran into so many problems with it (a few major, most minor) that I declined to do the review, and I returned the machine to them. I think they have a problem with quality control. Thanks for watching, Warren.

  • Kelly Boggs
    Kelly Boggs 2 months ago

    You ruined it with the finish!

    • Kelly Boggs
      Kelly Boggs 2 months ago

      @RickTurns this stuff is like porn to me.! Thanks for responding. Please continue😊

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  2 months ago

      Yes, some people do feel that way. I like the red over the spalted wood, the spalting still shows through. On this piece of wood, there was a lot of white rot in addition to the spalting, and the white rot did not look good. Thanks for watching and commenting!

  • Gradyville Wood Working

    Nice work Rick

  • Thomas Bertilsson
    Thomas Bertilsson 2 months ago

    Let nature shine in its natural glory. Great learning experience! It would have been SO. MUCH. BETTER. to let the wood just be natural with a wax finish.

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  2 months ago

      A lot of people have objected to the dye. But in addition to the spalting, there was a lot of white rot showing, which did not look good. Anyway, I like the red dye over spalting...the spalting still show through. Thanks for watching, Thomas.

  • nina clanton
    nina clanton 2 months ago

    Also would have loved to see you work the pedestal into your design.
    Sorry to second guess a very successful artisan. Cause I do like it...just don't live it.

  • nina clanton
    nina clanton 2 months ago

    It's really beautiful but I think I it was stupendously gorgeous before you dyed it red.

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  2 months ago

      Thank you, Nina. A number of people don’t like the red dye - I like it a lot on spalted wood, the spalting still shows through.

  • Michael Walton
    Michael Walton 2 months ago

    Have you ever tried alcohol drying on a rough turning

    • Michael Walton
      Michael Walton 2 months ago

      I was in a turning club and that's how they were teaching us to dry rough turnings. It discolors the alcohol but even if it starts looking like whisky it won't discolor the piece you put in it.

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  2 months ago

      No, I haven't heard of alcohol drying. I have heard of drying roughed-out pieces with laundry detergent, which sound kind of weird. I've also tried drying roughed-out bowls in a microwave, which worked pretty good until I scorched the bottom of a bowl once, and stopped doing that. Thanks for watching and commenting, Michael.

  • terry oliver
    terry oliver 2 months ago

    Didn't care for the die but I am love with the wood . I have a couple letter openers I made and a small heart. I just love the crazy onyx lines

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  2 months ago

      A lot of people didn't like the dye, but then, a lot of other people did. I really like that deep red over spalted wood - the spalting still shows through. Thanks for watching and commenting, Terry.

  • True It by CJ Truitt
    True It by CJ Truitt 2 months ago

    Very good video , love the different camera shots , the bowl looks okay , I'm not a big fan of spaulted wood ,.....yet . Love your videos thanks for sharing. -CJ

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  2 months ago

      Thank you for watching and commenting, CJ.

  • Dustin Albright
    Dustin Albright 2 months ago

    Great job, beautiful bowl. There will always be those who would have done it differently. To those I would say, "Your talk is cheap. Show me."

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  2 months ago

      Thank you, Dustin. Yes, I’ve had a lot of comments on how I shouldn’t have put any dye on it.

  • Steve Eymann
    Steve Eymann 3 months ago

    That stain was awful. Completely ruined piece

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  Month ago

      Some people didn't like it, some did. Thanks for watching, Steve.

  • Greg Messick
    Greg Messick 3 months ago

    Looks real good!

  • Suzette Edwards
    Suzette Edwards 3 months ago

    Hated to see that spalted wood covered with the dye like others said. Perhaps after dying, sand down just a bit more. I can see the spalting through the dye which gives the dye a clear look. I high shine would really make it pop. Give it that old fashioned "candy apple" paint look.

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  3 months ago

      It would taken a lot of sanding on the inside of the bowl. Thanks for watching, Suzette.

  • Kenneth Collard
    Kenneth Collard 3 months ago

    Use cactus juice and a suction the close container all the cactus juice into the wood and dry then work the would

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  3 months ago

      I considered cactus juice but it’s too expensive, and when I started on the project, the wood actually didn’t look worth much. Thanks for the information, Kenneth.

  • AffordBindEquipment
    AffordBindEquipment 3 months ago

    Air angle grinder with a 60 grit pad would have smoothed all that out, taken all the torn grain away. I have done it with punky wood and torn grain like this and rescued the bowl from the fireplace.

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  3 months ago

      I’ll try that out - thanks.

  • Robert Scollick
    Robert Scollick 3 months ago +1

    It did not need that dye. Completely ruined a nice bowl.

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  3 months ago

      I get that a lot. But I also get comments from a lot of people who do like. I like the red dye over spalted wood - the spalting still show through. Thanks for watching, Robert.

  • matthew loar
    matthew loar 3 months ago

    He really knows what he's doing

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  3 months ago

      Thanks for watching, Matthew.

  • Don Juan El Californio
    Don Juan El Californio 3 months ago

    you should never have stained it.. with all that splatter you should have just done it clear..

    • Don Juan El Californio
      Don Juan El Californio 3 months ago

      when using laquer, you have to spray it.. try pre catalyzed lacquer.. it acts as it's own sanding sealer and you just build up the coats.. sanding between coats..

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  3 months ago

      Thanks for watching, Don. (I like the red dye on spalted wood - the spalting still shows through.)

  • Ellwood Custom Pyrography

    I’m psyched. I came here to see if the spalted birch I was turning was normal with the way it was turning. Kinda punky, coming off in dust and splinters, tearing out. Looks exactly the same midway through the project. Thanks for the video and your time.

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  4 months ago

      I always get tearout on spalted wood, no matter what tool or technique I use. Thanks for watching, Elwood.

  • White Marlin
    White Marlin 4 months ago

    I tried to get your attention as you were putting that horrid dye on that absolutely gorgeous spalting , then I remembered it was already done. Why not just use a dull drab no interest grain bowl blank if you're gonna hide the beauty of the grain ? Seriously man. You turn well. However I think you're not an admirer of what mother nature gives you in grain (spalt) beauty. I seriously thought you'd stop and try to sand that dye off of the wood. I'm not big on turning with resins but this is a case study where you should have done multi thin coats of resin to still show off the great grain you were so fortunate to have been placed into your stewardship.... Thanks for showing folks how not to finish their wonderful grained woods.
    You are very humble.

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  4 months ago

      I like the red on spalted wood - the spalting still shows through. This piece of wood had a lot of white rot in addition to the spalting, which wasn’t attractive at all. Thanks for watching, White.

  • Thomas Brown
    Thomas Brown 4 months ago

    What was your reason for choosing this lathe? I’m starting the process of evaluating a better lathe and would appreciate any input.
    Thx much.

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  4 months ago +1

      My first lathe was a Sears $99 single tube lathe, which I used for five or six years. Many years later, I started turning again, and I bought a Jet 14x42. Ten years after that, I decided to step up to the next and bought the Powermatic. I wanted a larger swing (it has a 20 inch swing), a heavier body, and a larger motor. I considered a number of lathes, including the Laguna models, the Robust lathes, and of course the Oneway lathes. Oneway and Robust are the top tier, and they are priced about twice as much as the Powermatic. They are heavier and have a little more capacity, but didn’t seem to be much different than the Powermatic. I liked the looks and specs of the Laguna lathes, but I couldn’t find any reviews of their models, so I decided to go with the “Mustard Monster”. It has the 1 1/2 or 2 hp motor, electronic variable speed, a 20 inch swing, and I’ve seen a lot of woodturners using it on RU-clip. There are a number of RU-clip videos reviewing different lathes. They’re all listed in one place on woodturningonline.com - here’s a link to that videos list (www.woodturningonline.com/videos/videos.php?subcatid=135). Good luck with selecting a lathe - there’s a lot of good ones on the market.

  • Glasscutr
    Glasscutr 4 months ago

    I guess I am the weird one here. I like the color and the shape of bowl. At least I learned something. Thanks for the video.

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  4 months ago

      Thank you, Glasscutr. I’ve done several red-dyed spalted wood bowls I like the red and the spalting still shows through.

  • Tommy Maltipoo
    Tommy Maltipoo 4 months ago

    Die was way too dark

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  4 months ago

      Maybe, but the spalting still showed through. Thanks for watching, Tommy.

  • Carmelo Chemtrails Killer

    We all Learned something today,Natural is best.

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  4 months ago

      Thanks for watching, Carmelo.

  • mothman1967
    mothman1967 4 months ago

    For a brief period, I was actually planning to buy a lathe. I haven't turned a piece in many years, but I really wanted to start turning some pieces. THEN, after see bowl video number 13,471 it hit me: the world now has enough wood bowls. Thank you, Rick, and all the others posting videos of their latest bowl. Collectively, you have shown me the limited use for a lathe in a home workshop. Now I can forget the lathe and ponder the question: WHAT DOES EVERYONE DO WITH ALL THE WOOD BOWLS?

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  4 months ago

      “The journey is the reward.”

  • daffy duck
    daffy duck 4 months ago

    Didn't they use to call "spalted" wood decaying,decayed, or rotten?

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  4 months ago

      Yes, that’s correct. This particular piece had a good bit of white rot showing , which is not attractive. That’s the main reason I used the dye. Plus, I like red-dyed spalted wood. Thanks for watching, Daffy.

  • My 2 Cents
    My 2 Cents 4 months ago +2

    I cried when the dye was applied. That beautiful grain deserves a clear finish.

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  4 months ago

      The spalting was nice, but there was also a lot of white rot showing. Thanks for watching!

  • cozyfoxstudio
    cozyfoxstudio 5 months ago +2

    That spalting was amazing. My heart broke when you covered it with die.

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  5 months ago

      I like red-dyed spalted wood - I’ve done several bowls that way. The spalting still shows through. But I’ve had a lot fo comments from people who don’t like it. Thanks for watching, cozyfox.

  • Roberta Hubert
    Roberta Hubert 5 months ago

    The imperfections is what makes it beautiful. Not really crazy about the color but still a very nice piece of work.

  • Lamar Southerland
    Lamar Southerland 5 months ago

    Why waste a nicely spalted piece of wood by covering it with red paint?

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  5 months ago

      It was dye, not paint. The spalting still showed through, and I like that look. I have gotten a lot comments like yours - a number of people don’t like the dye. That piece of wood, however, had a lot of white rot, and it didn’t look ghat good close up. Thanks for watching, Lamar.

  • LJ Brooks
    LJ Brooks 5 months ago

    What Kind Of Wood Is that?

    • RickTurns
      RickTurns  5 months ago

      I think it was maple, but I’m not sure. Thanks for watching.

  • Victor Johnson
    Victor Johnson 5 months ago

    Great Video 👍🏿