Redheart Dish

While working through a set of Bloodwood blanks, I came across a Redheart blank that was misplaced.  I’ve written about Redheart several times in the past.

This dish is small at 5.5″ x 2″.

This Redheart blank doesn’t have the vibrant watermelon red color that you sometimes find in Redheart but it does have an interesting half and half color pattern that makes me wonder if there isn’t a good deal of sapwood included in this blank.

As I expected, Redheart turns extremely easily and is easy to clean up with minimal sanding effort.  I was glad to find this piece of Redheart mixed into the Bloodwood as it gave me a nice break from the more arduous task of turning Bloodwood.

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 as well as Abranet sanding screens from Craft Supplies USA.  Final finish is Shellawax.

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!