Recording progress on a large wind-fall Beech tree a neighbour has kindly let me have.
Most of this will be chopped up for firewood for next winter, but hopefully some of it will become bowls, planks, spoons, stools or other stuff over the next year – plan is to update this post with progress as that happens…
Some pics of the early stages and first few cuts:
This attempt at a panoramic pic shows the size of the tree better, pity I cut off the top of the photo though 🙁
Most of the first day was spent clearing the branches and chopping off the small bits in preparation to get at the multiple trunk sections next time.
And some shots of the first few tractor loads brought home and added to the woodpile – still nice and green….
The weather’s finally warm enough for me to do some woodturning again.
I’ve been wanting to make some more “green” Beech bowls from the trees I chopped up early last year. Here are pics of the process.
chainsawed a “50p” shaped bowl blank from a slab of wood that’s been sitting in the shed:
quickly and easily made round – green wood cuts very easily, and smells good too!
spinning at about 2,000 rpm:really nice spalting all the way through:some homemade beeswax and oil applied, with help from a bit of heat:inside done too…and the underneath finished in the reversing jaws:all done – will try and let it finish drying out slowly to avoid serious cracking, but it’s bound to warp a fair bit…
Last night I finished turning this large bowl from an even larger chunk of sycamore supplied by Home of Wood.
Here’s the finished beastie:
The blank I started off with was so large I had to swivel the head of my lathe sideways to get it turning. Once it was roughed and made round, I was just able to rotate it back over the bed of the lathe – there was no room to spare.
I kept as much of the width as I could, so the finished bowl is very nearly 12″ in diameter at its widest point.
Here are some pics of it mounted on the chuck & on the lathe.
I used several thin coats of Wood Wax 22 for the finish on this one, which is a mix of beeswax and carnauba wax. It’s easy to apply and when you apply a little friction on the lathe (to generate some heat) it really brings out the grain and details of the sycamore.
After the ’22 was done I then applied a thin layer of Liberon Wax to seal it and provide a deep gloss finish, which should be reasonably hard-wearing.
Not sure the pics illustrate quite how large this bowl is, but it’s really pretty mahoosive!
Much like the Woodturning – New Ash bowl I turned and posted about recently, there are some nice contrasts on the underside of this one.
I’m aware that if I’d gone a bit deeper/thinner on the inside this colour would have started to show through there too, which may have worked well, but I didn’t want to risk making it too thin. Or risk meeting the jaws of the chuck with the tip of my bowl gouge…