Bradford Pear Crotch Bowl

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Project by CSmithWoodturnings posted 12-05-2014 06:29 PM 1585 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a while of fooling with that darn Sweetgum, I had to find some other kind of wood to start turning. Looked on my local Craigslist and found someone who had cut up a fat, downed, Bradford Pear tree. Got some pretty nice size logs for free from the guy, and had always heard that BP turns great. I made a few others out of the BP before I turned this crotch figure. I hadn’t planned on posting anything today, so these were the only pictures I had on hand, but man, its got some gnarly grain. This tree was cut down about 4 months prior to turning but it was wet enough to where it made it pretty easy to turn, but didn’t have any issues with checking or warping in the drying process. I roughed out each blank, put it in the freezer anywhere between 2 – 7 days, then put it in a bag with shavings for a week or so, and for the most part, they were pretty dry after that final turning. I’ll see if I can’t put up a few more bowls I’ve turned recently out of the Bradford Pear.

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#1 posted 12-05-2014 11:13 PM

Very nice Project indeed! Well done also. Thanks for Posting.

Regards: Rick

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#2 posted 12-06-2014 01:16 AM

Yea, sometimes that pear get a little wild. Nice job turning.

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

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#3 posted 12-06-2014 05:55 AM

Nicely done bowl

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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