|Project by Shawn Herrington||posted 09-20-2014 04:36 AM||856 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
My younger brother cut down the tree from which this bowl was turned right at the beginning of the summer. He is convinced it is cherry; although, after turning it and finishing it I am not so sure. What really had me questioning the species, was the smell it emitted during machining operations. To my nose, the smell is identical to the putrid puke smell commonly associated with red oak (this wood is definitely not red oak). If anyone can identify it from the pictures, give me your opinion in the comments.
Anyway, we sealed the ends of the log up with a thick coat of paint in an attempt to minimize the checking as the log dried. Predictably, the log cracked anyway and since I had already used up all of my patience on something else, I set about cutting the log up with a chainsaw into turning blanks.
I am unsure if the blank I used was too wet to be finish turned or if cutting into the knot on the rim (visible in the first picture) released residual stress in the structure of the bowl, but I ended up with a finished bowl that varies by nearly 1/2” in diameter. This would not have been a problem except that my over zealousness with the bowl gouge resulted in some grain tear-out (visible on the inside of the bowl in the second picture) that I could not sand through because it is in the widest parts of the bowl.
The finish is boiled linseed oil and a light coat of spray lacquer.