|Project by Bill Slayton||posted 03-24-2013 09:15 AM||1112 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
This Wood came from two very big Southern Magnolias at my church. I’m a little partial to Magnolia because its the Mississippi state tree and flower and I think I lived most of my childhood in the top of my neighbor’s Magnolia in Jackson, MS. The pastor said he was going to cut them down. I protested but he did it anyway so I asked for the trunks
Been wanting a wood lathe for years but didn’t have one when they cut the trees. Didn’t even have a chainsaw so the logs lay on the ground in the sun all last Summer, which may explain the beautiful spalting. But, finally I found an old Craftsman wood lathe at a pawn shop and made a bowl that impressed my Dad, so he bought me a chainsaw, finally enabling me to go get those logs.
Some of the church members wanted the Magnolia for firewood so I hurried and got as much as I could and even found another wood turner who came and picked up about 6 of the 2’ logs. Had about 1500 lbs I’m my garage at one time!
Anyway… what a perfect first tree for a new woodturner. I’ve had some cracking problems because the logs sat in the sun all last summer, but was able to get these few bowls out of it.