|Project by Bill Akins||posted 08-05-2011 05:14 PM||1286 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
My home town, Blairsvile Georgia, has one of those old courthouses in the center of town that you have to drive around. Back in the 80’s it was condemned but a group got together and saved the old building and it was restored. The old courtroom is used for music and plays. The entire downstairs is now a museum of things from the county: sports, military, county history and old tools. There was a bradford pear tree up next to the building that had to come down. My father is on the courthouse committee and saved me a few logs from the tree. I started the bowl at the beginning of this year and rough turned it, then set it aside to dry for about six months. This was the highest water content wood I had ever turned. Me and my shop were soaked. I recently returned it to the lathe and finished the bowl. I have several coats of wiping varnish along with EEE polish and Shellawax. The bowl is now on display in the museum. I have given many bowls away as gifts, this is the first I have made for public display.
-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.