Gorgeous wild cherry burl bowl turned from a 20 pound “chunk” from a neighbor’s tree, demonstrating great color, grain, worm and insect holes. The assorted “defects” add to the appeal of bowl. Its shape is reminiscent of space craft seen in movies from yesteryear.
Large Cherry Burl Bowl
This section demonstrates the process of turning a non-descript piece of cherry wood into the finished piece. One of the major challenges initially is that the wood is unbalanced and the lathe jumps as it turns at 360 rpm. This lessens as the higher edges are removed and the piece becomes more balanced. Care must be taken that chunks of the blank do not break off and fly in any direction, including at the turner. By the time the bowl is finished about 90% of the original wood has been removed, becoming a large pile of wood chips.
|Dimensions||12.25 × 3.75 in|
My collection consists of hand turned bowls, plates, platters and vases made from native American woods including: apple, box elder, cedar, cherry, oak, hickory, poplar and walnut. They may be turned from solid blanks or alternating strips of different woods and grains yielding intricate and fascinating shapes and patterns. The wood’s natural grain, as well as knots, cracks & inclusions, enhance the beauty of each piece. If you would like to see how a bowl is made from a raw piece of wood, go to the “Large Cherry Burl Bowl” to view the steps in the turning process
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