Large Cherry Cauldron

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Project by JamesVavra posted 66 days ago 764 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This great big beast finished out at 15” in diameter and 9” tall. The blank was pretty green and weighed around 50 pounds! Finish is a food safe blend of mineral oil, orange oil and beeswax.

The process photos are on my blog, here. I lost part of the original rim – the blank started out about 3” taller.


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#1 posted 66 days ago

And to get an idea of the scale – that’s a 2×8 that it’s sitting on in these photos.

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#2 posted 66 days ago

What a beautiful piece of wood, and it will only get prettier as it ages. You displayed it well!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 66 days ago

That’s a monster, what an awesome piece. Great job on it!

-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!

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#4 posted 66 days ago

Excellent work and a beautiful (huge) bowl. What kind of wood is it?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 66 days ago

Looks great like it is!

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#6 posted 66 days ago

your hard work paid off very well. beautiful piece. thanks for sharing

-- phil, nevada

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#7 posted 66 days ago

Ok, it’s cherry. Didn’t look at the title. A little stupidity goes a long way.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 66 days ago

Never mind the size see the absolutely beautiful quality.One very nicely finished work of artisticly impressive worked timber. Instantly eye-catching beauty you have made there imho Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 66 days ago

aside from the stunning grain and the beautiful finish, I would love to know how you kept it from slitting during the drying process! I have terrible luck with cherry when i spin it wet and try to dry the rough outs.

great job with this piece!

-- Gridlockd

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#10 posted 66 days ago

Really beautiful!

-- Cindy in Seattle,

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#11 posted 65 days ago

Lovely job James, this one is made to be used, well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 65 days ago

Thanks all.

Gridlock -

I turn a lot of green cherry and, usually, dry it in the microwave. Tiny surface checks may form (particularly on the end grain) but they usually close back up once the piece is full dry. They always warp, but rarely crack.

This tree had been down for about 2 weeks when I harvested it. The log section was cut in half, removing the pith, and the ends sealed with Anchorseal. It sat this way for about a month. I did not test the moisture content, but it still had a lot.

Since this piece is way too big for the microwave, I let it dry overnight, and then soaked it with mineral oil (which is a part of its final finish blend). I’ve found that this helps with cracking. I use a lot of Danish oil too, and applying a coat of that while drying seems to help as well. I would not try this with a film finish (shellac, poly, lacquer, etc.) as I think that would not stick well, and would turn all wrinkly as the piece shrinks/dries.


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#13 posted 65 days ago

Very nice…

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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