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AAW 2002 Providence Symposium

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Angelo Iafrate put on a demonstration about turning tagua nuts

Angelo turns a variety of different nuts from all over the world

For his demonstration, he passed around several storage boxes with different species labeled

The sizes and shapes that are available is quite amazing

For turning the vegetable ivory, Angelo has made a unique set of tools

Most have been fashioned from Allen wrenches and other common implements

Angelo glues on pieces of exotics, such as blackwood, to create tops and bottoms

Almost all of the pieces are turned on a glue block holder

One of the pieces for demonstration is prepared

The tail stock is used, if possible, to stabilize the piece while turning the outside

Many times the point doesn't work so a cone or spacer block is used

With the outside shaped, the inside is hollowed

Angelo uses one of his homebuilt scraping tools to hollow the nut

A simple, yet fully functional, wall thickness gauge

Touching up a couple of spots to achieve uniform wall thickness ...

and then on to sanding

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Photos by Kurt Hertzog (6/02)
     

 


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