Listening to the wood

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 natural edge

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.

9 inches long, teak oil finish.