This bowl is the slightly bigger sibling of the previous one, coming from the opposite side of the log. Honey locust is heavy, dense wood, and can be a bit of a challenge to work with; I had to stop and resharpen my tools frequently on this one. But the end result is worth the effort.
It’s just a smidgen over 12 inches diameter, and stands 5 5/8 inches high. Walnut oil finish.
I had not intended to make a fruit bowl when I started working with this piece of honey locust crotch. But viewed from the top, this one looks to me like a slice through an apple, so I’m calling it a fruit bowl.
When the wood tells you what it wants to be, you should listen.
12 inches tip to tip, 4 1/2 inches high. Teak oil finish.
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) is a non-native and invasive shrubby tree in North Dakota, and it’s making a nuisance of itself in the woodlot at my family’s farm. This bowl came from a sizable crotch piece that I cut and turned last fall, and finally sanded and finished last week. The wood is lovely, but it has a tendency to crack badly as it dries; this piece was no exception, and I had to fill several cracks with cyanoacrylate glue and sawdust.
Caragana is a shub native to Mongolia and Siberia that was introduced to the United States in the 1700s as an ornamental. It’s common in the upper Great Plains. The wood is beautiful, but it never grows very large. This sphere is barely over 2 inches in diameter, and the branch it came from was about 2 1/4 inches.