Elm Bowls

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Project by Dick posted 212 days ago 1893 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my wife’s friend’s cut down an Elm tree at their house and wanted to give us some wood and possibly make her something from it. So, she gets the first bowl. I never really thought about trying Elm. It was still green when I turned it. I had always wanted to try putting the turning with the shavings in a paper bag to dry. So, these are the results of my experiment. Both were turned within a week of each other back in September. The first bowl came out ok. It did warp slightly but not really noticeable. This was a straight part of the tree. The other was from a crotch piece. It obviously did not retain it’s shape well. I didn’t do much sanding on it either. I was going to burn it. To my surprise, a few people actually thought it was cool. I still consider it a failure, but I’m gonna keep it around for a conversation piece since it has been that.

-- Dick

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 212 days ago

Nice, love the grain

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 212 days ago

Wow! Great work! The grain is amazing too! It would have been a shame to see that wood go up in smoke!

-- Gary,Nebraska

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#3 posted 212 days ago

Good looking turning. Nice grain.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#4 posted 211 days ago

I cut down an elm this fall. The butt log is straight. It is about 18”x10’. I have been thinking of having it sawed out. It will cost me about 15 cents a foot. Would you do it?
That bowl looks great. Looks like a cross between oak and cherry.

-- Correlation is not causation but I did loose my Doctor !!!

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#5 posted 211 days ago

Nice looking pieces. I love turning elm. Just a tip if you turn thin to finish on green pieces most of the time they act a little better. Turn to 1/8” or so then I dry mine in a closet with a wire rack for a few days. They still move some but usually not too much.

-- Tommy,

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#6 posted 211 days ago

Thanks for the compliments and tips guys!

49er-I think it might depend on what you plan to build. The wood I acquired here is not very hard and was much lighter in color before I applied Danish oil (natural color). It really soaked it up and darkened more than I expected compared to other woods I’ve used it on like maple, walnut, and cherry. If you look close in the pictures you can see that some of the rings are very pourous. Hope that helps. It is also not a pleasant smell when cutting and sanding it….... hence the nickname Piss Elm.

-- Dick

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#7 posted 208 days ago

Dick, thanks for the info. I think I will go ahead and have it sawed.

-- Correlation is not causation but I did loose my Doctor !!!

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 207 days ago

Beautiful bowls!!..Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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