Evolution of Your Bowl
We look for trees that are felled from: urban expansion, wind storm, thinning of encroaching limbs or rots and other factors. The resulting wood, when not milled into construction material is usually discarded and left to rot, be used for firewood, or otherwise abandoned. We rescue this wood for our projects.
We use wood that can be rescued to convert to beautiful works of art that are “ONE OF A KIND”. Because of the grain, different types of wood and characteristics within the tree, time of year harvested as well as, the direction the tree is cut to prepare it for turning, it is next to impossible to finish two products exactly alike, even from the same tree.
Once the part of the tree is selected, the preliminary steps of deciding which shape it is suited for begins. Here is where the preliminary cuts are made to bring the wood to the general shape desired. The resulting shape is referred to as the “blank”. There are many ways a turner can prefer to prepare this blank; this explanation is my “generally preferred” method. However the size and configuration of the wood may cause this to vary with each project.
Once the blank is prepared it is then ready to choose the method of mounting on the lathe. There are basically 5 ways to mount the blank. The size of the blank, the desired shape of the item, and personal preference of the turner is the determining factor. Face plate, chuck, drive center, and dado/tenon (not shown).
Once the shape is reached the next procedure is to sand the item smooth. The amount of sanding will be determined by technique, keeping tools sharp, and the type of wood/grain the blank contains. After the surface reaches the desired smoothness the finish can be applied. Many times several applications of finish are used, depending on the finish the drying could take as much as 24 hours between coats. Once the finish is dry the project is ready for use.
Once the shape is reached the next procedure is to sand the item smooth. The amount of sanding will be determined based on the turner’s ability to produce smooth final cuts. This is usually determined by technique, keeping tools sharp, and the type of wood/grain the blank contains. After the surface reaches the desired smoothness the finish can be applied. Many time several applications of finish are used. Once the finish is dry the project is ready for use.
Fine cracks, blemishes, or other irregularities in wood all combine to assure a “ONE OF A KIND” creation for your enjoyment. They will not affect the usefulness of your product. All finishes used in your piece are generally recognized as safe for normal everyday use with food. Keep in mind some pieces are created for decorative purposes and not for general use. As we cannot determine how your product will be used it is impossible to make any warranty for these items. Common sense care will ensure years of enjoyment.
To be clear, refrain from the following: automatic dish washer, microwave, or using sharp items in your product. Common sense care will ensure years of enjoyment. Restrict the use of acidic liquids, and very hot fluids, etc. After use wipe with a mild detergent and dry with a soft cloth. We have heard of wooden bowls being passed down generation to generation.