Apple Bowl

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Project by Reaper621 posted 01-18-2012 03:46 PM 1204 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love my new tool. :)

Today, I turned a piece of apple. This makes my 7th bowl, and my 8th species of wood on the lathe (some of those were failed turnings…). When I first picked up this blank at Rockler, I really liked the way it looked, and I remember seeing some pretty bowls on this site out of apple. Being a cheapo, I waited until yesterday with my 10 dollar coupon to buy it. Apple is a very interesting wood for turning. Is it supposed to smell like rotten apples? Weird. I’m thinking I just got a bad chunk, possibly.

Regardless, I like the color of apple. Does anyone know what the weird blotchyness is from? Like large, white polka dots. Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated.

-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.

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#1 posted 01-18-2012 05:12 PM

not sure but it looks like the tree has been laying in the weather for a while. I would put a stain sealer on it then stain it. nice bowl


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#2 posted 01-18-2012 05:54 PM

Cool bowl

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#3 posted 01-18-2012 07:27 PM

You did a nice job. Sides are nice and thin.
Apple is a great turning material. Actually most fruit and nut wood is good for turning although pear wood can be a bit boring in appearance.
By coincidence I have been turning some apple recently and it had a lot of worm tunnels in it that were packed with the frass (worm excrement). So I just soaked the frass as it appeared during the turning with thin super glue to solidify it and continued my turning. I ended up with some interesting patterns in the wood and saved the bowls from going into the wood stove. I guess if I were just turning a decorative piece I would have left the worm holes alone but these were bowls for use with food and holes don’t work to well there.
Keep an eye out for people cutting down or pruning old trees. They will usually give you the wood. Jan. and Feb. are major pruning times for farmers and gardeners. Be sure to seal the ends of the freshly cut pieces to reduce cracking as it dries or turn it still wet (green) to a rough shape and let it dry in a cool place. Microwaving wet wood is another technique you can look up and use for quickly drying wood. The only wood I buy for turning is “exotic” types that don’t grow locally.
That blotch in your bowl does look like early stage of rot but apparently it was still sound.
Have fun.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 01-19-2012 06:26 AM

When I was slicing up some applewood I thought it smelled a little like apples but kind of liked the smell, my wife thought it stank like rotten apples so it isn’t just you. Nice looking bowl, I like the way apple ends up looking.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#5 posted 01-19-2012 02:52 PM

Good looking bowl !!

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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