Hackberry Dish

I have worked quite often with Hackberry in the past although this is the first time I have worked with it in kiln dried form so that it wasn’t heavily spalted as it usually is when air dried.  It behaved almost like a different wood since it cut and sanded evenly since the density was consistent throughout the piece which is so often no the case with spalted specimens.  As much as I don’t tend to care for spalted Hackberry, I enjoyed the kiln dried version and would seriously consider working with more kiln dried pieces in the future.

Hackberry 7.5 x 2

All major cuts were made using the Easy Wood Tool system on my Robust American Beauty lathe, although I do use Robert Sorby bowl gouges for light final passes before sanding.  Forward chucking was in a Nova Chuck, while reverse chucking was done using a Nova Chuck with Cole Jaws.  Sanding was with Gold and Green Wave sanding discs from Packard Woodworks.  Final finish is Odie’s Wood Wax.

As always, I wish all my readers a great experience in whatever your wood working interests happen to be and to those who like working with lathes especially, do a good turn today!