Fruit wood bowls

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Project by mtalley posted 03-12-2015 03:55 PM 959 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently took an old apricot tree and an old ornamental cherry out of a small orchard for some friends a few villages away. After cutting into the Cherry I was stunned. Not just the center was beautiful – a fire purple, but there are bright reds and oranges in the outer wood as well. The apricot tree had over 70 rings and grew next to a couple of big cedars so the rings are real tight and as I had to sharpen my chain twice during the cutting, the wood is VERY hard and dense. The Cherry was 80+

It took two loads in the car to get it all home. I sealed the ends right away and stacked everything in the GROP near the lathe. They had cut a plum down earlier this week and I scored two 12” rounds from that as well – the ones with the deep flame purple center in the pictures below. Over the course of a couple of weeks, I rough turned 6 bowls (one not pictured) in about 2.5 hours from the large limbs. One of the apricot bowls had in “interesting spot” that turned out to be a cancer of rot and the thing flew apart on me.

The trunk sections will be cut into starting next weekend. I will let the small pieces dry for 4-6 months and then finish turning them. The larger bowls from the trunk will take a year to dry.

-- Matt at:

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#1 posted 03-12-2015 07:43 PM

vibrant stuff, definite score there

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#2 posted 03-13-2015 02:34 AM

Great find. Nature always has more to show us.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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