Art Show and Take #2 of the Apricot lessons

So, I entered the Apricot goblet (and a few other items) into a local art show and won “People’s Choice Award” for best turning! I was rather shocked… First of all that I won anything and secondly, that it was the goblet that won. From the feedback I got, people were amazed at how thin I was able to get the stem and how the cup portion almost looked like a flower?? I am extremely humbled and honored by the award, especially since this was my first ever show.

The show was held at the Palmer Lake Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake, Colorado. A small quaint town right outside of Colorado Springs. Besides for art exhibits, the Center holds small concerts and art classes. I was really drawn to Palmer Lake. It sits right at the foothills surrounding a small lake. It’s a beautiful area with quite the history. It’s also a popular town for motorcyclist and bicyclists as well to stop through since it’s right on one of the scenic byways in the area.

My wife and I had a fascinating conversation with the director, Michael Maddox, the day I took in my turnings for the exhibit. A true hippie of the 60s and 70s that actually did find peace =) He has written a book about he and his wife’s experience called “Peace Freak”. Very good read.

Overall, this was a great first show experience for me. I intend to return next year!

    As for part#2 of the Apricot trials: The goblet has not developed any cracks, so I am confident that I can call that one a success. I attempted three other pieces in Apricot. A small hollow form, a shallow bowl and a vase. All were turned thin, the thickest was about a ¼ of an inch. Two turned out great with no cracking (except for the crack I made while turning the base of the hollow form). 

The vase turned out good, but I had a nasty catch while I was hollowing out the inside, and that cracked even more as it dried. A pity, as it really looked nice with the contrasting grain markings. Had a lot of potential.

So, what ultimate lesson did I learn about turning green Apricot wood?? I learned that I need to turn it to a minimum thickness of about a ¼ inch and get at least one coat of finish on it RIGHT AWAY! I know that’s a very basic method… and I’m sure there’s more “science” involved for a more perfect way to turn Apricot… but if this is working for me, why complicate things?! =} That said, I will value any and all comments on your experiences with any fruit wood.

Upon a Lathe,