|Project by Brian Havens||posted 06-23-2010 09:54 PM||1666 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
I did not know what to call this turning, but it kept reminding me of the shape of a banana split. So, I am calling it a Banana Split Bowl.
When I have a piece of valuable wood in log form, I do not want to waste any bit of it. As such, I find it often pushes me to be more creative in how I can use it. This time around, it was a trunk of a small Japanese Maple tree that had been dead for some time and was thoroughly spalted. After using most of the trunk for a goblet, I came up with an idea on how I could use that bit of leftover trunk that flares into the roots. The idea was to turn it upside down, make a bowl with a base, leaving a natural edge on both the rim of the bowl and on the base. I would really like to show you that bowl, but unfortunately, I am in the process of gluing it back together. Doh!
The good news is that I realized that this same technique could be used on a crotch, or any other irregularly shaped logs that have a large perimeter disparity over a short span. This one is made from some Callery Pear. I do not know if the darker, brown color is technically spalting, but it is some sort of incipient rot. The other nice thing about using a crotch is that, for small crotches, the highly figured wood between the two branches is usually to little to be useful. On this kind of bowl, however, that highly figured section ends up in the stem and in the center of the bowl.
As the shape goes, I think I can improve on the shape of the base, but for my first attempt at this kind of bowl, I cannot complain.
The log whence this bowl came:
-- Brian Havens, Woodworker http://brianhavens.com