|Project by Brian Havens||posted 11-12-2012 06:27 AM||1711 views||5 times favorited||8 comments|
Crotch wood, that is logs where a branch or trunk diverge into two branches, contains a chunk of highly figured wood known as “feather figure”, so named because it often resembles a feather. On small crotch logs, there is little feather figure to be had, and turning such chunks of wood in the usual ways (either as a conventional bowl or a typical natural edge bowl) ends up cutting away most or all of what little feather figure there is.
I have found two ways to retain and show off what little feather figure there is in a small crotch: One is to make a winged bowl, thereby retaining at least some of the feather figure on the wing. The other is to make a natural edge bowl with a flat or relatively flat bottom. Since the feather figure is in the center of the crotch, the figure will show up on the bottom of a natural edge bowl. As a bonus, a natural edge bowl made from a crotch will have three peaks and valleys along the rim, as opposed to the usual two.
This is a crotch-winged bowl made from some heavily spalted Apple. The spalting has resulted in some spectacular grain pattern.
A closeup of the feather figure. One of the tradeoffs when making a winged bowl from a crotch is between the size of the bowl section and the amount of feather figure retained. A larger bowl section will cut away some of the feather figure, and a smaller bowl section will retain more feather figure. In this case, the bowl section was maximize, and some of the feather figure was cut away.
Another crotch-winged bowl, this one made from Albizia
A closeup of the feather figure. Since the bowl section is less than maximized, more of the feather figure is retained.
A natural edge bowl made from the other half of the log that the bowl in Photos #3 is from. The feather figure seems to radiate out from the center more than other species.
A natural edge bowl made from a crotch of Cherry. There was very little feather figure in this piece, such that the outside/bottom of the bowl has more figure that the bottom inside.
-- Brian Havens, Woodworker http://brianhavens.com