|Project by JoeinDE||posted 11-11-2016 03:37 PM||495 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
Turned from a spot on the tree very close to the roots, this bowl has some really interesting character to it. My coworker pointed out that the growth lines in the first picture look like a chalice. The finish is mineral oil. The bottom section is 5” diameter and the whole assembly is 5.5” tall with the “knob” on the top. The orange tones in the wood have faded a little relative to when I first cut the bowl blank, but they are still there if you look closely.
Being a softwood, this wood is difficult to get a smooth surface and required about 5s as much sanding/scraping as maple for example. The end result is worth it though as I really like the way that this wood looks.
The staghorn sumac grows on the stream next to my house and is a relatively fast growing tree that is not related to poison sumac. I’ve been told that you can make tea from the berries of the staghorn sumac, but I have never tried.