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  • leaking pen
    I find purple heart works best with slow cutting action. Its not so much the hardness, as the shape of the grain and the way it splinters. Truly cutting
    Message 1 of 46 , Jul 31, 2010
      I find purple heart works best with slow cutting action.  Its not so much the hardness, as the shape of the grain and the way it splinters.  Truly cutting tools as opposed to abbrading tools work best.  Keep you lathe speed high and your pressure light. Also, finish with cabinet scrapers and not sandpaper for an amazing finish.

      On Sat, Jul 31, 2010 at 4:42 PM, erik_mage <dragonwyck@...> wrote:

      Hi, Not knowing the skill level of our viewers I like to err on the side of safety. I do very little turning but I have a BIG mouth and like to express my experiances . I have found that purple heart doesn't even like the circular saw. Throwing rather large sharp splinters. So I recomend using finer cutting impliments as a safety precation.
      I once actualy made a very sharp knife from purple heart. One of my favorite woods.
      To close , your stament is true purple heart can be turned. I would rather not. But If I had to I would use a 4 1/2" power grinder as my cutting tool then work down to various grit sandpaper or files.
      Does this sound sensable?

      --- In medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com, "Chuck Phillips" <chuck@...> wrote:
      > Erik;
      > I would respectfully disagree with you regarding purpleheart. Yes, it
      > is fairly hard, and I would not recommend it for a beginner. However,
      > you can work it nicely with sharp tools and a light touch.
      > Kat;
      > For an endless supply if wood to convert to shavings as you learn, make
      > friends with an arborist or two. Also, if you find you really like
      > turning, look into joining the American Association of Woodturners
      > (http://www.woodturner.org/). Some of the things people do on a lathe
      > are just mindblowing.
      > Charles Joiner
      > Explorer of Slippery Slopes since AS XVIII
      > From: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
      > [mailto:medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of erik_mage
      > Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2010 9:16 AM
      > To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Re: New here
      > Happy to talk about some woods and finishes. Apple is nice. An unusual
      > wood to try is Summac a wild tree or weed comes out a rainbow of green
      > colors. You can't go wrong with cherry. Just don't us alot of stain.
      > Stay away from Oak it was so over used in the 20th century that it can't
      > help but look cheep or mass produced.
      > Purple heart should be available in your area (shipped in from S.A.)
      > This wood has a nicw chocolate color, or if handled just right it can
      > have a purple grape color.
      > I must warn purple heart is dangerous on a lathe. It has long needle
      > like grain , VERY hard and splinters. You will need to use sanders and
      > grinders in conjunction with a lathe. Never a sharp tool!
      > Stick with cherry or maple if your are not an expert.
      > Have fun ERIK 'mage Castle dragonwyck.
      > --- In medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
      > <mailto:medievalsawdust%40yahoogroups.com> , "Crazy Cat Lady"

      > <brockenspectre@> wrote:
      > >
      > >
      > > Hi there! I'm Lady Kateryne Ferneley, of Caer Mear, Atlantia. A couple
      > > Laurels enabled me into working on a pentathalon entry (probably
      > because
      > > they were sick of seeing yet another piece of Elizabethan clothing),
      > and
      > > my husband has something of a woodshop...
      > >
      > > Turns out I really, really like the lathe. I didn't need any more
      > > hobbies, but what do you do?
      > >
      > > My first couple projects are a needlecase or several and an embroidery
      > > frame from late Elizabethan England. I've got lots of questions about
      > > tropical wood availability, finishes, corner treatments and so on and
      > so
      > > forth if you're willing to put up with me...
      > >
      > > Thanks!
      > > -Kat Ferneley
      > >

    • julian wilson
      My lady Joceannora, thank you for your reply. Just in case any members of the SCA are reading this List - and I m sure that some do, - I am too old too learn
      Message 46 of 46 , Aug 2 7:16 AM
        My lady Joceannora,
        thank you for your reply. Just in case any members of the SCA are reading this List - and I'm sure that some do, - I am too old too learn the Society's fighting style, and therefore will never be KSCA, and do not merit the Title "SIR" - though I do most sincerely appreciate your courtoisie in making the assumption. You do me too much honour..
        In service to the Current Middle Ages, and given under my hand at the Manor of St. Germayns in the Anglo-Norman Isle of Jersey
        Lord Matthewe Baker,
         a humble veteran.

        --- On Mon, 2/8/10, joceannora <joceannora@...> wrote:

        From: joceannora <joceannora@...>
        Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Re: You sewed a "GP Medium" on a domestic machine? - was SCA sewing, and other skills,
        To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Monday, 2 August, 2010, 6:10

        Goode Sir Baker,

        Yes to both, in fact, two helpers and a large gravity table. But it is in pieces. The canvas a 13 oz. and it's 12ft x 20ft. The walls are free hanging and reach from one side of the doorway around the short side to the doorway on the other side. So the flat-felled seams were just putting each color piece onto the wall which grew longer as each piece was added, the pieces went through the throat, not the whole wall. The top was the most trouble fitting through with it complex angle joins.

        We learned as the years passed. The pole gromets were replaced with stronger leather fittings, the walls needed ties to attach to the top (done with stitching reinforced d-rings onto the top every several feet). The household refuses to retire it. They too much like the way it glows from the giant hanging candelabra which lights it in the darkness of night.

        I will never embark on making another unless I become feeble in my old age.

        Thank you, I'm impressed we blew your hat off! I almost couldn't hear your praise over the sound of my own awsomeness! 8]


        > Gentle Lady Joceannora,
        >  that must have been a real struggle - it looks to be about the size of what the US Military call a "GP Medium". I have an ex-British-military [NAAFI] one of 14oz. canvas, which is 14ft x 22ft footprint,  -  it must be all of 40 years old now.  Having had experience sewing large Sails in my late teens and early 20's,  - I'd hate to have to try sewing anything that large without the use of a Sail Loft, a "helper", - and some form of "gravity table" infeed and outfeed.
        > My hat's off to you and your Lord, my Lady.
        > I've not had the opportunity to drive too many of what you call "pickuyps" and ther Aussies call "Utes". Until recently, that vehicle-type didn't have substantial popularity in the |UK.
        > In service to the Current Middle Ages,
        >  Matthewe Baker,
        >  West Dragonshire, Drachenwald

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