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Project by jdh122 posted 11-30-2015 10:52 PM 687 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some carving projects I’ve been working on over the last little while. They’re all from white birch except the large bowl, which is sugar maple.

The first photo is of a shrink box – I took a whole birch log, turned it round on my springpole lathe (it was crazy the way that large piece of wood sailed around) and then hollowed it out (drill first, then use carving gouges). Before it dried I took some birch lumber and cut a bottom that fitted loosely. Set it in and allow it to dry, no glue needed to hold the bottom. The top is made from lumber.

Then there are two mid-size bowls together. I made them as a kind of demonstration for my friends to show the different bowl shapes you get out of a log depending on whether you hollow from the pith-side or the bark-side of the tree (they are made from two halves of the same log). The one on the left has a much cooler swooshy shape, but it would hold a lot less candy or salad or whatever than the other one.

Then a small bowl whose shape I like, a carved spoon and a large maple salad bowl.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#1 posted 12-01-2015 07:29 PM

I like your projects! But I’m really interested in your spring pole lathe!! I’m about to build one and could use all the help I can get, I have never used any lathe in my life and spring pole looks fun! Thank’s LOL, I just looked at your projects and realized your lathe is the one I’ve been using for a pattern to build mine.

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#2 posted 12-02-2015 10:37 AM

Thanks, NDakota. The spring pole lathe is fun, and pretty easy to build. I’ve since added a treadle attached to a piece of plywood that I stand on and find it much easier to use than with the simple board shown in the photo. Do you have Roy Underhill’s book, The Woodwrights Guide – Working Wood with Wedge and Edge”? Your local library likely has it or can get it for you.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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