Sweet Gum Bowl

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Project by JoeinDE posted 08-11-2015 02:06 PM 996 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My coworker had a large sweet gum tree removed from his front yard last year. The wood has been seasoning in my basement, but I rough-turned a few bowls wet and let them dry in shavings. This is the first finished bowl. I broke a couple of “rules” here by keeping the pith in the turning and that led to some checks during the secondary drying process. The bowl is 8” in diameter and 4.5” tall with an internal diameter of 7” and an internal depth of 3.5”. The finish is Behlen’s woodturner’s finish with a top-coat of paste wax burnished on the lathe.

I was still learning how to turn deep bowls (and I still am) when I completed this bowl so there are some things that I would have done better had I been as comfortable with final surfacing techniques as I am now.


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#1 posted 08-11-2015 07:27 PM

Joe I like working green wood. It is easy to cut and work. Curing is a challenge. I just carefully dry it. Keeping moisture out sides even. Hard to do on round object.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#2 posted 08-12-2015 02:51 AM

very nice job on the bowl. practice makes perfect. thanks for posting.

-- wiser1934, new york

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