Lacewood

Forum: Woodturning

I recently started to turn a bowl from a piece of lacewood , it is the first time I have run across this wood. I can not figure out how to get it to stop (fuzzing) I have gone as far as sharpening after every pass. I can’t run a shear with my skew because it’s a square bowl. I’ve never tried a sanding sealer and I wanted to do a oil finish, I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with this wood and had some words of wisdom to pass along. Or is this going to be a week long sanding project? Or should I just crank the lathe speed to max and dive in skew first? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, no it's a big hunk of the bowl I was turning.

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Whitacrebespoke ...

Have you any photos? Personally I only use the skew on out side of bowls very very occasionally as I find it more of a hinderance than a help. Personally I’d sharpen a bowl gouge and then I’d go so far as to hone it so it was sharp then I’d control the cut so it’s taking very very fine shallow passes and I’d finish with maybe 3 or four very fine cuts. At that stage I’d burnish with a big hand full of shavings off the floor.

Speed will help you.

munchy ...

I’m a skew man myself, I think I have figured it out. I waxed it before the finishing passes. It was like day and night the difference that it made . And it’s a really weird design.

munchy ...