Tuesday, November 15, 2005
One of the advantages of belonging to a woodturners' group is that members frequently will share their "extra" wood. One of our turners brought in some ash last spring, and I obtained a slab piece about 14" across and a couple inches thick. This platter was the result.
Last summer the city cut down a green ash tree a couple blocks from us, and I obtained a section of the trunk. I chain-sawed it into smaller chunks and turned the pieces which appear in the pictures. As these were turned "green," they distorted as they dried. In fact, the platter with the dark brown "blaze" is radically curled at the ends - it just doesn't show well in this photo.
Monday, November 14, 2005
Here's an extreme example of a cherry burl bowl with bark inclusions. In fact, there's so much bark here that there was a lot of question whether the bowl would stay together on the lathe. Fortunately, it did (mostly). This bowl is 6.5" across and 2.5" high.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Since I got started turning I've tried a number of different woods, and a variety of turned shapes. In my opinion, one of the loveliest and most interesting woods to turn is cherry, and particularly cherry burl. I'll put up photos of some cherry bowls over the next few posts. This bowl is cherry burl, with bark inclusions. It's about 7" in diameter and 4" tall.
Friday, November 11, 2005
This is the first bowl that I turned, in the Fall of 2003, during a short course I took from an experienced turner. I then decided to keep going on my own. This bowl was turned from a piece of "green" spalted maple. By "green" I mean that the wood was still wet when the bowl was turned (the tree had just been cut down a couple days before, in fact). Bowls that are turned green often dry in unusual ways.