giovedì 3 ottobre 2013

Cedrus libani

Cedrus libani is a species of cedar native to the mountains of the Mediterranean region.
There are two distinct types of Cedrus libani that are considered to be different subspecies or varieties:
  • Lebanon cedar or Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani subsp. libani or var. libani) - grows in Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, northwest Jordan, western Syria, and south central Turkey.
  • Turkish cedar or Taurus cedar (Cedrus libani subsp. stenocoma or var. stenocoma) - grows in southwest Turkey.


I have used for this turnin' the varieties of Libaniit
Was cut around February 2013,
have lost a lot of weight during spring-summer,
but still around 45 kg when i put on lathe. 
i never did so big turn till now,i was scared, 
couldn't know what speed to start it, 
or how many screws I should have put, 
how long screws must be to be save...
I used around 12 screws 3 cm deep inside Wood,and tailstock well pressed.
it was not regular cut, unBalanced..so to start speed was around 150 rpm


The bark was quite attached,
but after a while a big piece came off 
hit me right in the forehead..
Fortunatly i had Helmet with visor...


i decided to take it out completly 


Smell was incredibly good, but stinging




i ain't sand any paper on lathe on,
becouse it seem to me cedar get too hot easily 
 and then begin to cracking





The day after i spend almost four hours just to sand starting from 120 till 320...
brushing with some straw oil just to take out its colours.. 




at the end is 51 cm diameter for 26 cm tall,
Some parts ain chipped,
and i like the idea to have rough top,
becouse nowadays i found a really very well WoodTurner named John Hodgson from Scotland...
i really admire his kind of turning....
here the link to his website

http://www.john-hodgson.co.uk/

Cheers

Paolo