Red Cedar Burl Bowl

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Project by John posted 12-08-2014 12:04 AM 1237 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I almost gave up on this bowl. Too many cracks, but my daughters talked me into completing it. I like to finish my bowls with Clapham’s food safe salad bowl finish. It would be okay for fruit.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#1 posted 12-08-2014 12:17 AM

I’m glad you did not give on the bowl, turned out great!!!Thanks for posting!!!!!!!!

-- EPJ,Calif

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#2 posted 12-08-2014 05:41 PM

Persistence wins. Nice job.
Cedar is so soft I have avoided even trying to turn it on a lathe and I figured it would be easily dented in use.
Besides the crack problem did you have a problem with end grain tearing?

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 12-08-2014 09:01 PM

Hi Les. Red Cedar is one of the plentiful woods on the coast of BC so I have had a lot of opportunities to work with it. I do take my last light cuts at high speeds with sharp tools to reduce the tear out. I’m prepared to sand out the rough spots, but this bowl had an area in the bottom where small pieces of wood would flake out as I cut deeper. I didn’t see it ending so I just stopped and cleaned it up the best I could. The softness is a problem too, especially when a bowl is finished, dropping it or bumping it means dents. I much prefer the hardwoods and won’t make any more Cedar projects unless they are burls. I have to say though, I am so impressed by the way sunlight shows the patterns in the burls, it’s like they are holographic.
John, Gibsons, BC

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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