Green Woodturning bowls

Our neighbour let me chop up and use the wood from one of her Beech trees after it fell down in the wind.

I thought I’d try some “green” woodturning for a change and try to make her a bowl from her own tree to say thank you.

Here are some pics of the process.

 

The finished bowls…

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Back to the start – a freshly chainsawed log – one half per bowl:

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Gradually making it round with a roughing gouge:

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Shaping with a bowl gouge – lots of knots and checks to work around:

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One nearly completed bowl next to its sibling:

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I turned them “extra chunky” so if they warped while drying I could reshape them

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After a few months spent drying out (covered in sawdust under my lathe), I finished turning them and reduced the thickness.

Hopefully they are not going to crack or warp… time will tell!

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The finished bowls – treated with a homemade mix of bees wax & sunflower oil:

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