Danny’s Goblets

These pics show the progress of making some goblets but the wood is the real story. It’s from BC’s oldest Tall Ship,┬áMaple Leaf . The ship was originally built in 1904 for a Vancouver millionaire who used it for social functions and racing. Maple Leaf won many races and became very well known. Currently running eco-tour expeditions, Maple Leaf also serves as a training vessel for many of Canada’s young Sea Cadets. This wood came from Maple Leaf’s bow sprit. When the Bow sprit was damaged, I was commissioned to create some goblets. Be sure to read the comments after each of the pictures.

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This is after the first cut on the bandsaw, showing the size and the original finish on the wood as I received it. From this piece, I cut the blank for the goblet.

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No, this is not a loaf of bread. It’s the blank for the second goblet (I didn’t take pictures for the first blank). The two slices at the ends were cut to test for cracks. There were a lot of very tiny cracks in this wood.

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Part way through the process of making the blank round.

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This is the tenon that I cut to hold the blank securely in the chuck. Notice how cleanly the wood cuts. Normally Fir wood is very difficult to turn because it mostly tears apart, but the grain in this wood is so closely packed together that it cuts without any difficulty.

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Now the blank is round and mounted in the chuck. A little more rounding and the tailstock can be removed safely.

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Here you can see that the hollowing of the bowl section of the goblet is completed. Below the goblet is the tool that I mostly used for this process, a Robert Sorby Multi-Tip Hollowing tool with a shop made cutter installed.

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This is the shape of the outside of the goblet. Sanded.

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Here you can see that shaping of the stem has been started. Sanding is completed after each step.

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Here is the finished stem, complete with the base shape. You can also see that the tailstock has been brought back into use to stabilize the bowl section of the goblet. What you cannot see is the custom shop made part that fits inside the goblet to avoid marring the finish inside.

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Having completed the shaping of the goblet, the piece was turned around to finish turning the base. Here the shape is completed. The tiny cone shaped part remains to support the goblet through the sanding process.

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These are the first & second goblets. Two more to go. If you take a look at the grain on the one on the left, you’ll see that the growth rings are so tight that in some areas, there are nearly two growth rings per millimeter.

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These goblets are named according to the number of growth rings present in each.