CHERRY BOWL (end grain turning)

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Project by rilanda posted 04-05-2013 06:33 PM 1781 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl is made from a piece of local grown English Cherry and was cut from the trunk at a point where the tree divided into two separate branches (see photo two). It was turned working into the end grain using a home made carbide tipped face turning tool, I think any other tool would have been struggling to have made any headway into this very difficult piece of timber. The tree was cut down approximately 10years ago, it was immediately rough turned leaving the material about 30mm thick all round and placed into storage for drying. I must be honest to say that I completely forgot about the piece and it was only after I had lost a very good friend who had allowed me to use his garage for drying timber and I had to clear his garage to sell the property that I renewed my acquaintance with this piece along with a few more. I decided to turn the piece that had dried to a very low moisture content that having made the piece hard to work, but because of its unusual character I persevered with the work and completed the bowl. Sanded down working down through the grades and finished with 320grit paper. The bowl was finished using a high build friction polish manufactured by Mylands

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#1 posted 04-05-2013 07:45 PM

That’s really great looking. I’ve been having trouble turning end-grain, it just wants to catch all the time :\

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#2 posted 04-05-2013 08:07 PM

hi great looking bowl love the design in the wood it looks like 2 eyes staring out at you


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#4 posted 04-05-2013 10:46 PM

Beautiful bowl.

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#5 posted 04-05-2013 10:51 PM

Awesome bowl. Glad the pro is out of the house and back in the shop. As you know I am a big fan of all your work. Never seen you post anything that I didn’t like.

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#6 posted 04-09-2013 02:11 PM

With that beauty, it’s worth all the effort. The wood has some interesting owl’s eyes and finish is great.

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