Winter is Bowl Roughing Season....!! (work in progress)

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Blog entry by TannerTurnings posted 02-05-2015 02:21 AM 1624 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, it’s Winter here in the UK, and a good time to source some green timber & rough turn some bowls.
I’m quite lucky in that I have a few friends who work cutting trees, so getting freshly cut timber isn’t much of a problem, and getting timber that has been cut in the Winter months is probably best if you want to turn natural edge bowls, but is also quicker drying as the sap content is less. Also, the temperature is much lower so that the timber doesn’t dry out so fast, and should give a better chance of the wood drying without cracking.
So, with those thoughts in mind, I set about roughing out some of the green timber I have…..and there’s lots more to be done yet!

Here’s the first 23 of them.

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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#1 posted 02-05-2015 02:29 AM

Guess that means we can look forward to some tasty pieces down the track a bit Keith :)
Cheers from a hot sunny NZ summer

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 02-05-2015 04:12 AM

I envy you for having for a great source for getting fresh lumber. Can’t wait to see the final results.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 02-05-2015 04:49 AM

Awesome Keith, Just remember that you have to redo all these roughies.
You’re lucky having a good source of fresh timber, we are surrounded by National Park and wood is like Rocking Horse Sh**.
Have fun,

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 02-05-2015 07:38 AM

That’s a lot of work, nice job. I don’t envy you sanding that many bowls later on, though. What wood species?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#5 posted 02-05-2015 09:48 AM

That s a lot of work, nice job. I don t envy you sanding that many bowls later on, though. What wood species?

- bobasaurus

The species so far are Laburnum, Yew, Yellow Plum, and Hawthorn. I still have False Acacia, Spalted Beech, Apple, Spalted Apple, Spalted Sycamore, Hornbeam, and a Beech Burl to work on….PLUS whatever my tree cutting friends have for me next. I can see this being a very busy Winter for me!!

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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