Bowl from cottonwood

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Project by AaronSKuehn posted 12-21-2013 09:20 PM 765 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A large bowl from cottonwood trees cut down near my office.

-- Aaron

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#1 posted 12-21-2013 09:32 PM

Lot’s gong one with all the knots and grain. Makes for a beautiful looking bowl. Nice work Aaron!

-- Tony UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it.." Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 12-21-2013 09:41 PM

I like the look of the figure of this wood and your finish. What did you use? As softwood how did it turn?

My bad memories of cottonwood stem back to the mid 70’s as a young teacher. Spent the summer dropping trees and cutting it into firewood that lined a drainage ditch on a farm my dad rented. During the late fall and winter I I worked weekends splitting and delivering sold firework to make some extra money for my young family. The largest trees I had cut down were cottonwood with 36” plus diameter bases. In the summer they looked like they would produce lots of nice clean split wood to deliver. I found the only way to split the wood with my trusty sledge and wedges was to wait until the wood was frozen solid. Then it would pop apart. When it was not frozen the cottonwood was near impossible to split due to the grain crossing over each other.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#3 posted 12-21-2013 10:54 PM

Good job on that. I have turned cottonwood a couple of times and it wasn’t much fun to work.

-- Tommy,

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#4 posted 12-22-2013 12:47 AM

I really like this bowl. The grain, shape and finish are all spectacular.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 12-22-2013 11:58 AM

Beautiful wood and nicely turned.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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