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    I was about to shut down for the night when I saw this blank of Bamboo staring at me. It's been staring at me for a while saying " You've never turned bamboo, why don't you give me a try...... you know you want to!!! Come on Mossy, what are you waiting for? Bet you can't, bet you can't!!" So I decided to make a challenge out of it and see how fast I could whip a chubby style handle out of it. I hand it turned and sanded in around a half hour. Not bad. Really the only reason I was moving so quick was I really want ed to go to bed. I knew my youngest was going to be up at 6, and my wife was out for the night at a Baby shower, so she wouldn't be getting up. Haha. I digress....

    The bamboo came from some left over flooring my Dad installed at his place a year ago. I hung onto it, cut it up and glued up a blank. This was the first time I've turned bamboo and I was surprised at how nicely it turns. Although bamboo is very hard, it turns very soft and would say it's actually a good candidate for a beginner. So any of you newer turning guys looking for something cool to turn, don't over look bamboo. Titebond iii and a bit of clamping and you've got a great medium for wood turning.

    The Badger knot is a 26mm silvertip, set to a loft of 50mm. I'm still working on the finish and will be rubbing in 3 more coats of oil over the next week.

    Thanks for checking it out fellers!!


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    That's pretty cool.
    I would have guessed the fibers would have broke apart when turning. I like the checkering on the bottom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leatherstockiings View Post
    That's pretty cool.
    I would have guessed the fibers would have broke apart when turning. I like the checkering on the bottom.
    I know, right. It's grain is so fibrous and linier, I thought it would be much more difficult. Even boring down the end grain was so nice. Long silky shavings.
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    That is pretty attractive. Bamboo, who would have thought it would turn out that well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobH View Post
    That is pretty attractive. Bamboo, who would have thought it would turn out that well.

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    I think a different shaped handle with a few more curves would really set it off better. It would reveal more of the layers and also more of the tubular or grass like pores.
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    You say a different shaped handle, but that looks a perfect complement to the knott shape and loft imho.
    Spot on, congrats like others mentioned I would never of thought of bamboo,
    Does it feel light weight? Compared to other woods?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpla444 View Post
    You say a different shaped handle, but that looks a perfect complement to the knott shape and loft imho.
    Spot on, congrats like others mentioned I would never of thought of bamboo,
    Does it feel light weight? Compared to other woods?

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    Compared to a lot of the exotics I work with, and also acrylic, it is on the lighter side. Slightly lighter than maple I would say.
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    Nicely done!
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    Beautiful work as always mate.
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    Beautiful work as always mate.
    Thanks man.
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