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…
Back to the start – a freshly chainsawed log – one half per bowl:
Gradually making it round with a roughing gouge:
Shaping with a bowl gouge – lots of knots and checks to work around:
One nearly completed bowl next to its sibling:
I turned them “extra chunky” so if they warped while drying I could reshape them
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!
The finished bowls – treated with a homemade mix of bees wax & sunflower oil: