Yuletide Bowls

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Project by Dave G posted 12-22-2016 10:47 PM 866 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A cherry log I pulled off my grandfather’s land in western NY state has been sitting in my shop for two years. It was about 10” diameter by 5 feet long. I painted the ends to slow down the drying process. Then I roughed the bowls and stored them in paper grocery bags with the shavings for two months. It seems to have worked out OK.

It was great fun doing the final shaping. I use the Nova chuck system. The roughing left bowls about 3/4” thick. I turned them down to about 1/4.” The piece tells you what shape it needs to be. It’s not hard to hear. You get all sorts of feedback from snags, chips, and appearance.

Unfortunately these seem to need a scraping technique. The snags were too much using a cutting technique. Then I had to sand and sand.

What you see is finished with Watco Natural. In a week I’ll add three coats of hand wipe poly for durability.

Santa’s ready. The family will appreciate a momento of Grandpa.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#1 posted 12-22-2016 10:50 PM

Nice job Dave. They’ll love ‘em for sure !

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#2 posted 12-24-2016 02:39 AM

Very nice. Thoughtful gifts!

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#3 posted 12-24-2016 04:13 PM

well done….nice variety

-- Mike

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