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#1 posted 04-21-2017 10:18 AM

I turned one redwood burl bowl for a friend. The blank was soaking wet. I was nervous because my friend paid a lot for the blank and I had very little turning experience when I turned it. To this day it was one of the easiest bowls that I’ve turned, although the blank had some cracks so I didn’t go very thin (1/2” walls). It was a fun piece to turn because the material just peeled off of it so easily. Because of how soft it is I’m sure it would be much trickier when it is drier, but when it was green it was an absolute treat to turn.

Because this was my only redwood turning project, and one of the only times I’ve ever worked with redwood in any fashion, I don’t know if my experience was representative of redwood in general or an anomaly. But I look forward to the day when I’m chucking up my next redwood blank.

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