Turning Archive 2006

Winged Locust Bowl

Bill Grumbine (Kutztown PA)
>Here's another. This bowl is from a piece of firewood given to me by my firewood/turningwood supplier. It has a couple of small burls on it plus some other stuff going on, so I split it down the middle. The other half is in the process of hardening to the consistency of stone before I get to it.

This is a piece of black locust. It is 14 1/2" across at its widest point, 2" high, and 3/16" thick in most places. I say most because it is sort of wavy, and it is a hair thicker in a couple where I was getting a little skeered of things breaking off, etc. The one burl is held on by a tiny bit of wood, some bark, and a healthy dollop of CA glue, since it did break off once.

I took this bowl with me unfinished to a class on finishing with Jeff Jewitt last weekend in Philly. I was going to ask his advice, but he ended up using it as a demo piece. It is finished with a very light coat of BLO, another very light coat of shellac, and waxed by hand. One of my goals was to get his input on pieces too scary to put on the buffing wheel. This gives a very nice matte finish, which is ideal for a piece like this, at least in my opinion.

Here is a shot looking down into it. It has it all, burls, curls, crotch grain, bug holes, piths, bark inclusions, and knots. I left the edges rough sawn from the chainsaw just for looks. Besides, it is easier!

Thanks for taking a peek.


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