Turning Archive 2005
Dave Smith, Longview, WA
>I applied a coat of finish to these three bowls last night and left them on the patio table. This morning I decided to take a couple pictures. Not the best setting but my photo booth is piled high with valuable stuff(in other words junk). The bowls have been finished with 3 coats of Rockler’s gel polyurethane.
From left to right, wild cherry, madrona, and white oak.
Wild cherry with bark inclusion. 9 1/4" x 3 ½" high and 3/16" thick. I tried to sell the roughed out bowl on ebay for $25. It is a little more pricey now. Notice the limb in the bottom. This is not a blank normal people would turn. However, I have had good success drying such pieces using the alcohol method.
Cascara bowl 8 ½" x 3 1/4" high and ½" thick. It was soaked for 3 days in alcohol and experienced very little distortion and no cracking. I didn’t plan to soak the bowl that long but my memory isn’t what it used to be.
White oak bowl 8 ½" x 2 ½" high and 3/8" thick. White oak has wonderful grain. I use a sharp scraper to finish the inside and have little problem with tear out or tool chatter. This bowl was also alcohol soaked for drying.
Thanks for looking.
Totally confused, it didn’t rain on the 4 of July in Longview, WA.