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Project by toyguy posted 11-27-2010 02:03 PM 1768 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On my way home this past spring, I came upon a fellow you was cutting down a rather large Weeping Willow. Of course, I introduced myself and talked him into giving me a few pieces to take home.

Rough turned back in early June I think, and finished up this past week. This bowl will be going back to the gentleman I received the wood from. This willow is not the best for turning in my opinion. Rather soft with lots of tear-out, but with sharp tools and a couple of applications of shellac, I managed to get it off the lathe…

Bowl is around 12” by 5” finished to about 1/4” thickness. Two coats of Watco butcher block finish.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#1 posted 11-27-2010 02:12 PM

Brian very nice bowl. I tried turning willow and I thought it was difficult to work with too.

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#2 posted 11-27-2010 02:38 PM

Brian, nice piece I like the shape and finish… Good Job. Now aren’t you glad you turned Willow, you now know if you ever want to turn it again…
Not me. I found the same problems that you had…...... Lots and lots of tear out!

Thanks for sharing,

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 11-27-2010 02:43 PM

Brian, that is nice.
I’ve never thought about turning willow.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 11-27-2010 03:19 PM

Great looking bowl!!! Love the color.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 11-27-2010 03:22 PM

That turned out to be a beautiful piece. I have only done carving, but have worked with a couple different types of willow and I agree it can be difficult even for carving. I got a lot of chips (tear out?) just carving it with small tools, but for hiking staffs it’s weight is nice for handling for long hikes. Thanks for share that wonderful piece :)

-- Steve

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#6 posted 11-27-2010 03:24 PM

I turned a bowl recently and was told it was Willow. Same problem you folks had. Not a good experience for a rather inexperienced turner like myself. The thing fought me the whole way. Yours turned out great. Shows you are a master of turnery.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#7 posted 11-27-2010 06:49 PM

I like the unique shape of your bowls Brian. Very beautiful work. Glad you finally overcame the challenges of the wood so we could see this one… thanks!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#8 posted 11-27-2010 06:53 PM

Nice bowl.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#9 posted 11-27-2010 09:44 PM

One wouldn’t know that Willow is difficult to turn seeing the beautiful result you got on this one Brian.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 11-27-2010 11:47 PM

willow – my favourite wood. (some of the old-timers here will remember that). All of my little boxes were from willow. The colouring is just so beautiful.

This bowl is gorgeous. Well worth the extra care you took to keep it “perfect”.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 11-28-2010 03:08 AM

Nice one Brian, good shape & finish to it & a very handy size. Tried a piece of very dry willow some years ago but it decided to depart the chuck in several different directions at the same time, never tried since.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 11-30-2010 05:51 AM

The Willow looks really nice, your bowl has a very pleasant shape to it, nice turn.

-- RStadler

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