This is my second attenpt at wet bowl turning after gathering valuable advice from a forum topic calling on bowl turners.
Special thanks to Dorje, Mot (and his excellent CyberSkillShare series on bowl turning) and a very detailed and helpful tutorial by a fairly new member of LJs, SteveRussell (he isn’t new to bowl turning by any means, and I believe we haven’t heard the last from him in terms of sage advice).
This is the second and largest log section from a sweet haul of boxelder that I found laying on the ground at my sister-in-law’s outdoor wedding (Thanks, Trisha and Don and their hosts, the Petrovich family in Chicago, IL). I have two more sections left and have decided to see if I can get more of the pile at a future date.
On the first go ‘round, I determined that I am not very likely to appreciate the form taken when the wet bowl warps in drying, so I left a stub tenon on the inside of the bowl and turned a much more shallow dovetail recess in the bottom, so that after about a month in a paper bag (turning the bag inside out every day or so), the bowl should be ready to turn to it’s final shape.
This time I also soaked the top around the heartwood/sapwood dehiscion line with thin Hot Stuff cyanoacrylic glue. The other bowl started to shed the little bit of heartwood that was attached and that is right where most of the red-streaking in this bit of boxelder resides. I lost a fair amount of height in that shedding, and ended up with a dainty little bowl, which is in my projects for view.
-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.