Woodturning: My First Bowl

Just wanted to post pix of my first bowl, it's turned from endgrain green wood, either Chinese Tallow or Chinaberry, I forget which, found it on the roadside. Finished with wax, it is now slowly drying whilst wrapped in brown paper, hopefully it will dry without cracking.

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caitlinsdad9 years ago
Cool! I don't think I have ever seen Chinaberry wood so I came across these wood turned bowls that shows one done nicely in walnut stain. Looks like he mounted a stump onto the lathe. How big is the bowl? I know some people would need to glue up blocks to get a useable salad bowl size. Kinda scary if you have a big chunk of wood spinning around...
You can set up a piece of wood on a lathe, and let it spin while standing off to one end or the other, and if anything is going to fly off, it won't hurt you.
Tool Using Animal (author)  caitlinsdad9 years ago
I only have a a mini lathe so the bowl is about 8 inches in diameter, I'm limited to ten inches ~sniffle~. Chinaberry is a weed tree down here, sadly, about a week before I bought my lathe, a neighbor took out a large camphor tree, gorgeous orange heart wood and I didn't take any. There's a tree service on the way to my wifes work, I'm going to see if they'll let me take from there waste pile.
Don't worry, size isn't everything... ;-) Here in the Big Apple, trees infested with the Asian Longhorn bettle must be taken down. They just cut and chop up these 50 year or older sycamore trees and put them on the curb for trash pickup. I wish I had some milling stuff just to rescue the wood.
thepelton6 years ago
Chinese or Siberian Elm cures with very little cracking, and is a weed tree here in Colorado. It has short leaves, about two inches long, football shaped with sawtooth edges. You can pick up branches after a wet snowstorm, and dry them by just putting them away somewhere dry for one year for each inch of diameter. Elm is a little coarser than some woods like fruitwoods, but much easier to cure.
craftyv6 years ago
Forget the rant. The bowl is beautiful and I just want to hold it and feel the smooth finnish. Beautiful work.
westfw9 years ago
Heh. Shortly after we moved into our current house, one of the large live oak trees in the yard fell. More or less onto the house. Rumble, rumble, crash, no power. DARK. ... Now, the way insurance works is that they pay to remove the tree from your house, but they don't pay to get the remains of the tree removed from your yard. So I offered up "free firewood" on the work mailing list, and someone there suggested that I contact the "East Bay Wood Turning Club"; and I did...
So early in the morning on the agreed-upon day, a bunch of these GUYS (mostly rather elderly by my standards of those days) show up with trailers and trucks and chainsaws. And they're like chortling over this tree that made a good effort toward wiping out my house. "wow", they say, "this is really great!" (apparently it's normally difficult and expensive to get a big chunk of oak...) And before you know it, most of the wood is gone. Not only did it save me a bunch of money, but it put an entirely different perspective on the whole event...
Let's see...a bearing from a railroad switching yard turntable and a giant electric motor from a diesel-electric locomotive, plus lots and lots of steel tubing, creates an enormous lathe...

Crane lifts entire oak tree into lathe...lots of guys with hatchets and machetes attack the trees...


I should stop thinking before someone gets hurt.
Don't laugh too hard. There are some pretty F-ing huge lathes out there, used to do things like turn the drive shafts for large ships...


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