Woodturning Small Bowl – A Surprising Beauty

Pine Burl Bowl

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Finally, the intermission is over and I can turn again. I cannot find all my tools yet but here goes.

I don’t know for sure what wood this is or where I obtained it. After turning it, I believe it is pine based on the smell like turpentine.

At the start, I did not know what it would look like. It was a mass of branches coming from a small slice of the edge of a tree.

However this 8″ by 2″ bowl surprised me with it convoluted figure and grain. Some of the bark inclusions were soft and punky — these I gently scraped out.

The bowl is finished with beeswax and mineral oil. Once I find my buffing wheels, I’ll buff it for a great sheen.

Meanwhile, I need to work on re-establishing my turning studio – aka shop.

Good turning.

12 Responses to “Woodturning Small Bowl – A Surprising Beauty”

  1. Larry Bair says:

    Welcome back. It was great to see you again. I was wondering if you had tried using a large glue blocked marked with concentric rings to position the top of a bowl and hot melt glue to attach the bowl to finish the bottom. I use this method almost exclusively and have had great results instead of using Cole Jaws.

  2. Bruce Little says:

    Glad to see your back. I was wondering what happened to you.I really enjoy your projects.

    • Alan says:

      The “intermission” was longer than I expected. Thanks for your patience.
      More videos coming now.

  3. Georges Boujakly says:

    Stunning, Alan. Thanks for getting back to the lathe. I look forward to the time when your shop is fully functional. I missed the regular projects.

    • Alan says:

      Thanks for you patience during the intermission. A fully functional shop will take yet some time but I plan to make do in the interim.

  4. Robert says:

    Moving is so fun in finding space for all the tools

  5. John Fisher says:

    Great to have you back, you have been missed. Very nice bowl.

  6. Barry says:

    Amazing grain and final result. Great to see you are back at it.