This is the sister bowl to the other oak tricorn bowl that I posted a few days ago, turned from the other half of the log. I always like it when I can create a pair of bowls like this. (I managed it with a pair of my earliest natural edge bowls, which have mirror-image bark inclusions in the base.)
This one is a bit larger than the first one: 11 inches long, 9 1/2 inches wide, and 3 1/8 inches high at the highest point. It has a Danish oil finish.
This one was turned form an oak crotch, giving it an outline rather like a three-cornered hat. (You never know exactly what you’re going to get when you do one of these things.)
10 inches long, 9 1/4 inches wide, 2 7/8 inches high. Danish oil finish.
…and it’s a cooperative effort between tree, sun, soil, rain, wind, and sometimes fungi. I just uncover it.
Silver maple, heavily spalted, and with a large bark inclusion. 7 5/8″ diameter, 2″ high. Danish oil finish.
Late last summer, my wife’s aunt had to have all of the elm trees on her property cut down because they had become infected with Dutch Elm disease. For some reason, the tree service left one stump intact (they ground up the rest of them), so I decided to see what I could make of it.
I sliced it into a couple of thick slabs, and then roughed out a pair of large bowls, which I placed in paper bags to slowly dry. (Letting wet wood dry slowly helps avoid the cracking and checking that happens when it dries too quickly.)
Here’s the first of the pair, which coincidentally, is the 100th bowl that I have finished.
American elm is a lovely hard wood, with an interlocking grain that creates some interesting patterns that shift as you view it from different angles. (The technical term is chatoyance.) Here’s a look at what I’m talking about.
10 3/8″ diameter, 2 3/4″ high. Danish oil finish.
My wife and I spent some time visiting family in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area the week before Easter. While walking in my brother’s Grand Prairie neighborhood, I found some chunks of an unknown species of wood sitting on the curbside, waiting for the garbage pickup.
I’m not one to turn my nose up at free wood, so I grabbed a few chunks. After some research, I determined that it’s redbud (Cercis canadensis). It turns beautifully and takes a nice finish without much fuss.
The logs I took were kind of knobby, hinting at some possible burl-like figuring. Here’s a closer look at the figuring that I found.
7 3/4″ long, 5 1/2″ wide, 2 1/2″ high. Danish oil finish.
I mentioned a few days ago that chokecherry was a joy to turn. This is what I was working on: just a little natural edge bowl with a round bottom hence the “rocker” name. (Bowls like this are sometimes called “banana” bowls.)
5 1/4″ long, 3 1/2″ wide, and 1 3/4″ high. Danish oil finish.
Here’s another bowl from that charred piece of green ash. This one is thinner than the last one. 7 1/4″ long, 5″ wide, and 1 7/8″ tall. Danish oil finish.