Turning Archive 2007

Subject:
How to process this hunk of wood

Steve Kubien
>Evening everybody,

Whilst visiting my semi-local tree dump I came across a branch about 8" in diameter which is bent at a tight 90 angle. Standing up it looks like a capital "L". Each arm is just shy of 24" long. I'm not sure what wood it is (pine/spruce I think) but the shape grabbed me so home it came. Now, what to do with it...

I've only got a mini lathe and 10" diameter is as big as I can go. Do I cut the arms off, leaving a vee shaped chunk and turn a bowl, knowing that the pith will remain in parts? Do I cut off the arms and slab it, removing the pith, and go for a plate of some sort? No matter what species it is, I think there should be some neat grain inside. I really don't want to mess it up if I can avoid it.

Thanks for your insights.

Steve Kubien
Ajax, Ontario
P.S. Finished my first bowl about a week ago! I'll post a pic for your amusement when I find where my daughter hid it (she really liked it).

© 1998 - 2017 by Ellis Walentine. All rights reserved.
No parts of this web site may be reproduced in any form or by
any means without the written permission of the publisher.

WOODCENTRAL, P.O. BOX 493, SPRINGTOWN, PA 18081