Many years ago, I gave my mother a dogwood sapling for Mother’s Day. It grew large (for a dogwood) and provided some nice shade in the backyard growing up. Unfortunately, a fungus killed it over the last year. My parents were lamenting the tree and present were gone. They had already paid to have the tree removed by the time I suggested that I could do something for them with the wood.
Fortunately, there was still about 4 feet or so of the trunk leg. This is a piece we carted back from Arkansas:
Mom asked for a candle holder of some kind. Chess was a big thing growing up..and mom was undoubtedly the ‘queen’ of our house. So, my wife and I came up with this profile as a design:
Its a queen cheese piece profile – the top edge we’re going to scallop the crown by hand.
So I cut the log into a more balanced piece for the lathe.
I quite like the pattern of the wood!
Next stop, the lathe!
Any suggestions regarding dealing with large pieces like this are welcomed. I’ve never turned anything this large.
-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer