There's a lot of trees cut up and laying by the road. Most people don't mind if you take a couple, but always get permission. Once I collect my logs and get them home, I cut out the core, or pith, with a chain saw. Taking out the pith eliminates much of the checking/cracking that happens as a log dries.

Step 1: Bulk Removal

Take off the bark and flatten your base. I used a bench plane and got a nice workout. (this whole project was kind of a good arm workout!) Then flip it and shape the bowl inside first for stability. I started with an adze, then remembered I had a grinder wheel designed for the job. I used a Lancelot 22 tooth wheel, and with the grinder was able to hog out a good portion of the inside. I felt like I cheated for a moment...but then remembered how much I like power tools :) and, I still had a long ways to go! SAFETY SAFETY SAFETY! that Lancelot is a very dangerous tool, use at your own risk, follow the safety instructions, and wear proper safety gear!

Step 2: After Hogging

So, after I hogged out a lot of the bowl, I switched back to the mallet and gouges, and refined the bowl. This took a good bit of time, but was well worth it.

Step 3: The Outside

Using a handsaw, I cut into the log ends to make a stop cut. This way my gouges would not cut into the rim I was creating. I shaped the entire exterior once the inside was complete. I then used a random orbital sander to remove the sharp edges while maintaining the nice shallow gouge marks.

Step 4: Finishing

I used mineral oil...the kind you can find at a supermarket or corner drug store, to finish the bowl. It is a food safe oil. The bowl was then done and ready for use.

<p>You mention from log to bowl, but I did not notice anything about drying the log. Did you let it dry ? How long ?</p><p>A neighbour just down a couple of large trees and I was thinking about asking for a few logs / chunks. But didn't want to have the wood sit for ages to dry before I can make something out of it.</p>
<p>Very good question, thank you. The log I used was from a tree which was felled a couple months prior to my collecting it. I stored the logs in my shop for a couple more months, after I had sliced out the pith with my chainsaw. When I chopped it into a bowl, it still had a higher moisture level which was what I wanted as it's much easier to work with. I call it done because this bowl will not be allowed to dry out completely. It will be regularly rinsed with water after use, and oiled between longer periods of non-use.</p><p>If you can get some of the logs from your neighbor's yard, I'd grab some up and at least get the pith cut out so it doesn't check/crack as much as it could. Or, paint the ends so the moisture evaps through the bark. Try working the wet wood, leave it a uniform thickness when you're done if you want it to dry completely (or even with the environment it will be stored in) and it will dry a lot quicker than in log form. It can take a couple years for a log to dry/season. Weeks or months for a formed bowl depending on what you want.</p><p>I hope this was helpful. I know other woodworkers may raise and eyebrow at me...but its working so far :) Have a great day, and thanks for looking at my project! Rod</p>
<p>What a beauty! I want to make one!</p>
<p>Thanks! I hope you do, it's a fun workout!</p>
<p>Good God! This is great! The vid of a human being playing woodpecker! I have an oak I cut down in my back yard . . .I don't have the woodworking space and tools to do this though! But the bread I bake (and there's a lot of it) would love to rise in this rather than my old stainless bowl . . . or in the dough maker . . . I'd suggest pure tung oil (among other places, available at the Real Milk Paint company online) for finishing the bowl. </p>
<p>hahaha! Thank you for making me laugh! Your oak tree sounds full of potential... and good home made bread is the most comforting of comfort foods! I appreciate the tip, I'll check it out. Thanks for watching!</p>
<p>As a woodworker and someone who loves to cook, I have to say, this is an awesome job! well done!!</p>
<p>Ah, we have both interests in common! Thank you!</p>
<p>I'll be following on you tube as well. I'm curious though, what rig are you using for holding your camera in the video? You get some great angles and shots!</p>
<p>Thank you very much! It's just a simple tripod that extends to bout 66 inches tall. I also have a short desk top tripod for when I'm at the desk. Thanks for watching!</p>
<p>Great work, very unique</p>
<p>Thank you! </p>
<p>Very nicely done! Looks like it was a labor of love!</p>
<p>Thanks very much! </p>

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