Arizona Ash Bowl

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Project by BobAnderton posted 07-04-2012 04:49 PM 1530 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago someone had posted on Craigslist that they had cut down their Arizona ash tree and that it was cut up and on the curb. I picked up several portions of the trunk that were a couple of feet long and this bowl is the first thing I’ve made with it. The funny thing was that this wood was white when freshly cut, but within a few minutes it would turn bright red. The shavings around my lathe looked like they had been soaked in cherry kool-aid. I don’t know if it was exposure to oxygen or light that set off the development of the red color. I thought the bowl would turn out red too, because its surface kept turning red on the lathe within a few minutes when I stopped, and then would be white underneath again where I turned away the surface to expose new wood. In the end I guess the act of sanding burnished the wood and sealed it enough that the color reaction didn’t develop in the finished bowl.

Even a few days later when I (still) hadn’t cleaned up all the shavings they were still very red.

The finished bowl is 9” diameter and 2 3/4” tall. Finished with Watco Danish oil and buffed with carnuba wax.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#1 posted 07-04-2012 08:26 PM

Fine looking bowl Bob. The swirly grain gives it real character.
Hope all the rest of the blanks turn out as good.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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