|Project by CSmithWoodturnings||posted 09-29-2014 05:53 PM||1107 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
At my parents house where I keep my lathe during the school year, our neighbors wanted a couple of trees cut down on the property line between our house and theirs. It is an older couple, and they came over to talk to my Dad and I while we were in the backyard to ask if we wanted to split the fee to pay for a tree service company to come remove them. My Dad and I gladly offered to remove them ourselves because I knew they were black locust trees and have always wanted to try turning them. We lease roughly 800 acres that we hunt on, so If I didn’t like how the wood was turning we could easily use the wood to burn, or fill in ditches at the farm. I cut the log in half with the chainsaw, made my bowl blank on my delta bandsaw and started turning.
I was amazed and how dense this stuff is! Some of the hardest wood I have ever turned, and I can’t even begin to describe the smell. Most everything Ive turned has been cherry, which has a lovely smell. This black locust almost smells like a sweat odor. The picture is of the final product. I typically use a mixture of mineral and beeswax to finish my bowls. You can really control the sheen depending on how many coats you put on. This bowl in particular received 3 coats and came out great.
I also made a mallet out of the black locust logs and it works great. Anyone else have any experience turning black locust?