Will's Sweetgum #1

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Project by IsaacH posted 10-08-2012 05:12 PM 1214 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Will’s Sweetgum #1

Spalted Sweetgum
Tung oil finish with pure carnuba final coat.

This bowl came from a sweetgum that we had to have removed because the 50ft tree leaned about 10-15 degrees off vertical….right over my then newborns bedroom! It was also shedding limbs with a 1”-4” diameter everytime and occasionally a 4”-6” limb. Had a few trunk pieces and most of the large crotches left behind by the chainsaw jockies.

The last pic on the project card is the tree before it was cut down…..I almost forgot how much it was leaning….makes me nervoust just thinking what the next big storm would have done. It was bad enough with half the root structure choked beneath a driveway…but the previous owners had put plastic down to keep weeds from coming up…..covering most of the rest of the roots. It had MAYBE 20% of the roots uncovered and nourished. Wonder why the tree was starting to die?

-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 10-08-2012 05:16 PM

Yup, had to come down. Better under control than otherwise.

Nice looking bowl.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-08-2012 05:17 PM

We have a sweetgum we planted out here on Vancouver Island. Your nice bowl has me wishing it would grow faster !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#3 posted 10-08-2012 05:23 PM

Come to Atlanta…I can hook you up with ALL the sweetgum you want! Its almost like an invasive species…Its EVERYWHERE! Tree companies will drop them at your house for free.

-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"

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#4 posted 10-08-2012 06:06 PM

Turning danger into a beautiful ornament. Good one!

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