Journey into Woodturning #44: Black Walnut bowl

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 02-16-2021 03:12 PM 831 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have not turned a large black walnut bowl and this 9×4 blank was my opportunity. When I started this project, I had a rounded bottom bowl with a cylindrical side. As I turned the bowl, I started to see some sort of dividing line where the round or curve went to straight up. I picked up a set of beading tools and thought this would be a great occasion to use it.

Once the bead was established on the side, I quickly determined the rim needed to mimic the bead. I think the band of clean wood is a striking look of black walnut. Transitioning to the inside of the bowl, the grain structure is beautiful. I choose to do a swooping internal curve of the bowl, rather then following the outside cylinder straight down. Mainly for scooping or pushing contents out. Don’t know if it’s better or not.

The base of the bowl I decided to practice making a very small or tiny contact with the table. Creating a beaded base was the prefect solution and looks great too. My only after thought on the project was I could have made the mortis bigger for the larger chuck jaws.

The interesting feature of the bowl is the inside. I point out in the video where there are a number of claw mark streaks in the grain. This most be signs of old branch shoots or previous damage. Because the markings are almost symmetrical, to me indicates it was not isolated to one spot, like a branch pith. More like four deep scratch marks, that the tree healed and grew around. I find the idea fascinating.

Black walnut is such a beautiful wood to work with. As a hardwood, it is very easy to work with in turning. Riding the bevel with a sharp tool and produce an almost shiny surface. In fact, at one point the sanding actually roughed the surface, but was needed for consistence overall.

Here is this week’s video: Black Walnut

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