Natural Cottonwood Bowl

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Project by AaronSKuehn posted 05-16-2015 11:53 PM 899 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Natural cottonwood bowl from local Utah cottonwood. And let this be the last piece of cottonwood that I turn :)

-- Aaron

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#1 posted 05-17-2015 08:33 PM

Aaron, if your wood is the same as the tree I know as cottonwood in Ohio, then looks like you did a great job. I remember spending a summer in the early 70’s cutting firewood I planned to sell in the winter to supplement my income. A farmer allowed me to cut down trees growing along a waterway that bordered 2 fields. I was really happy to have this free source of wood to sell especially the cottonwood trees which were the biggest trees – tall and large diameters. When winter came and I tried splitting the wood for delivery I found the cottonwood was almost impossible to split by hand unless it was frozen solid. The wood was extremely soft and the grain was not straight, but wove back and forth linking the wood together. Splitting wedges would just sink into the wood without splitting the wood. I can’t imagine it is easy to turn.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#2 posted 05-17-2015 11:15 PM

@socrbent: I am with ya! The cottonwoods here in Utah grow fast, drop tons of pollen, and break easily under snow. In fact, that’s how I got my supply. A winter storm a few years ago broke a bunch of them up at my office. They had a tree service come in and take down the trees. I grabbed a truck-load—not knowing what I was getting into! I have made some projects for people’s cabins where the very rustic and broken aspects work well (lamps, bowls, etc.) But like you said—the grain is all over the place and chunks just fall out—during turning and after. I think this will be my last time turning it…what little I have left will be burned.

-- Aaron

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