As promised in “Got Glue?” I finished the black cherry bowl that sported a compromising crack across the base of the piece. The wood moved a LOT while stabilizing for a week, requiring removing about 2-3mm at the rim to get it back in round. Even then, the wood continued to move as I hollowed out the piece. What didn’t move (thankfully), was the crack.
The wood has a very nice grain pattern and the typical coloring patterns found in the sapwood. Even with the crack, it is a beautiful piece, simple in its shape and finish. I’ll keep this as a demonstration piece. One lesson learned: wait until the wood has moisture-stabilized before turning.
To that end, here’s the pile of cherry waxed and waiting. As soon as I have a day without rain, I’ll get these halved and prepped for turning blanks.