Woodturning Ugly Duckling Wood Into Beautiful Swan Bowl

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I was given this wood at a club meeting in Oregon. I don’t recall whether it was at Cascade Woodturners or Willamette Valley Woodturners. It is ugly but has some burl potential. I don’t know what species of wood it is.

At 11 inches in diameter, 4 inches tall and finished with walnut oil, it has turned out very nice despite worm holes, drying checks, spalting, rot, and a general bad smell.

It’s surprising how ugly a blank can be and still have such beauty inside awaiting an opportunity to emerge.

This one will be hard to beat.

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Good turning.

4 Responses to “Woodturning Ugly Duckling Wood Into Beautiful Swan Bowl”

  1. Lou Jacobs says:

    Thanks for another instructive and enjoyable video. This is the kind of project I enjoy seeing the most, as bowl turning is also why I got into turning. I’m still learning, and you address many of my questions and issues in this informative video.

  2. Charles P. Auger says:

    WOW, what a beautiful bowl. I just love all the many different growth rings and knots and such. A very informative video as always. Keep them coming for as long as you can. I love your channel. Don’t change a thing other than maybe the background “music”. Just a thought.

    • Alan says:

      Thank you for your comment.
      Please forgive me but music is a sore spot for me right now. I try to respect copyrights. Even then YouTube has an automatic matching system. If a few seconds of background music matches their files, it triggers a copyright claim (not a strike) and someone else can put an ad on my video. Worse yet, it appears that companies are taking advantage of this to claim music that they don’t have rights to. Then I get a claim and they place an ad. I’ve had over 100 of these on the same music. It takes filing a response then 30 days for the claim to be removed. To me it appears to be a scam that I cannot do anything about. Google is big – I’m small. If you know anything about this, let’s talk more.
      Again, please forgive this rant.
      Thank you for your kind comment.