I had a request from an acquaintance who is very fond of bird’s eye maple (cherry too, but that’s for later), so I made this small dish. It measures 7 inches across but only 1.5 inches high. When I went to do the final interior sanding the chuck came off the lathe due to the lathe being reversed. I had tested the chuck and it was fine, until pressure was applied, so lesson learned: ALWAYS use the set screw to do reversed turning.
This is a small piece but it sure has a lot going on. There is intense bird’s eye figure and under a bright light and some rotation there is also some distinct tiger stripe, or flame, figure as well that demonstrates chatoyancy.
The ShellaWax finish looks great on this piece and overall I am quite pleased although disappointed that it couldn’t have remained the original 2 inch height.
I have told the full story on Maple here.
Enjoy whatever turning adventures come your way!