|Project by Stonekettle||posted 08-15-2010 09:06 PM||1575 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
Unlike most turners, I tend to cut my green blanks from the heart of the log rather than splitting the wood into two pieces. I like the heartwood, or brown heart, that most turners avoid, and in fact I specifically look for trees with large heartwood rosettes. This bowl is a good example of why.
This blank was cut from the center a large birch trunk. It was turned green to finish, wrapped in brown paper bags and dried for 6 months. Once dry, I relief carved the heartwood rosettes to emphasize the grain and growth lines, and then carved the filigree (the holes).
The bowl is about 12” in diameter and finished in Danish oil.
-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station