Natural Edge Cherry Hollow Form

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Project by woodshopmike posted 06-18-2014 01:37 PM 1531 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was turned from the crotch of a dead cherry tree. It is 5” tall and 8.5” in diameter.

This piece has been finished for a few months and is looking for a nice home. (am I allowed to say that?)

Hope you guys like it! Let me know what ya think.




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#1 posted 06-18-2014 03:07 PM

Very beautiful wood. Great project.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-18-2014 05:06 PM

Wow, that is a beautiful piece, Mike. I love to turn crotch wood and this gives me an idea for one sitting next to the lathe right now.. thanks, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 06-18-2014 05:14 PM

Thanks guys, glad y’all like it!

Jim, glad I could provide some inspiration!


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#4 posted 06-18-2014 10:43 PM

very cool, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#5 posted 06-20-2014 05:06 PM

Awesome…this is one of my favorite styles of turnings. Any tips on avoiding catastrophy when turning irregular stock like that? I’m looking forward to trying my hand at turning for the first time in the near future and want to use live edge stock like this one.

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#6 posted 06-21-2014 09:53 PM


I’m glad you like the piece! Steady hands and a good foundation of turning skills are really what is needed to create a piece like this.

To recreate this piece exactly, you’ll need a goose neck tool to hollow the shoulder area of this bowl along with a boring bar, and bowl gouge. A large scraper would be handy to help smooth out the surface, but continuous motion with a bowl gouge will negate the need for a scraper.

I would highly recommend starting off with simple shapes on the small side of the spectrum before taking on a design that has a void in it. One really needs to have a good understanding of tool use/control which is best learned on smaller open forms where accidents are much more forgiving.

I have documented a handful of turning on my blog (which is migrating to I’m also beginning to record the majority of my turnings/projects which I’ll be posting to my blog and youtube.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I really enjoy conversation regarding all facets of woodworking. Also, my advice above is solely in the interest of safety. I’m sure some people could approach a hollow form project without any prior turning knowledge and come out the other end successfully. However, I’m sure those folks are far and few between.

Best of luck and let me know when you get your first piece under your belt!




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