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.
I dropped a large dead cherry tree in the woods today and just had to test-turn a piece. I had stacked and treated most of the logs to give them time to stabilize. I ripped one of the logs into a pair or turning blanks and mounted one on the lathe. This wood turns like a dream. It cuts very easy, yet has enough strength to minimize tear-out. Even in this freshly cut state, the color is very pronounced. (Cherry takes a few years in sunlight to get that rich, deep cherry color).
I rough-turned the piece and quickly established Continue reading Got Glue?
Part two of the Maple Leaf Bowl is now available. Check out The Carving – Defining the Shape. This installment shows the two dimensional shape of each leaf being defined while waste wood is removed to the desired relief depth.
I’m starting out on a new art piece that will merge my bowl turning and carving. I have taken some in-process pictures and recorded my thoughts behind creating this new piece. You can read more starting with part one of the new tutorial: Maple Leaf Carved Bowl – The Idea