Turning Archive 2004

Nat. edge turning question

Bill Grumbine, Kutztown PA
>Good afternoon all

This might be hard to believe, but I am turning my first ever natural edged bowl with the bark on. I have turned bunches of natural edged pieces in the past, but I usually look for wood that has such an interesting edge that the bark is a hindrance, and it goes the way of all waste wood.

However, I have a piece of cherry that is all done except for the final sanding on the wings. The wood is cut very cleanly, but the bark has got all kinds of tearout in it. Those of you who regularly turn natural edged bowls with the bark - do you even worry about tearout in the soft part of the bark? I might be able to sand this stuff out, but I think I would rather go back to barkless bowls than go through this again. this one is pretty close to becoming barkless. Its bark certainly is worse than its bite.



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