Butternut 10″ bowl. Also known as white walnut. Extremely soft wood often used for boxes or crates. Or bowls.
Spalted sycamore bowl. A different shape for me, with a wide flat lip. Sweet Sandy Sue decided that she wanted to keep this one. NFS!
6″ cherry bowl with a gently curving wide lip.
11.5″ bowl of mulberry—generally considered a weed tree. About the best thing you can say is that it’s yellow.
Three views of a small cup of spalted maple. Really unstable wood; ready to fly apart at the slightest misstep. I felt like I was holding my breath the whole time I was working on it. With the knot hole in it, and a couple of worm holes, this is another in a long line of “holey grails.”
6″ bowl of cedar. Lots of fascinating grain going on in this little piece; all sides are interesting.
Salt and pepper set for Sweet Sandy Sue. The cherry pepper shaker will darken over time.
Sassafras bowl. 8″. Love the dark heartwood and the pronounced grain. Plus, it smells great while turning it!
A little scrap that I didn’t want to go to waste; more of a practice piece than anything else. With its uneven oblong shape and natural edge, definitely a knuckle-buster.
Small (4″) bowl or vase of Indiana cherry. Cherry darkens over time; this will take on a much deeper reddish hue as it ages.
Cherry 11″ plate. Wood from the crotch of a giant tree; the grain has been compressed, fractured, and tortured into crazy shimmery patterns. Someone said, “It looks like a crumpled piece of paper.” Gotta love God’s creativity.
Three pieces of scrap walnut came together to make a simple stand for a big candle.
Altar service of cherry. The chalice is probably the most gnarly piece of wood I’ve turned—worm holes, cracks, tortured grain, altogether seemingly unusable; reclaimed from the firewood stack. However, just as we ourselves can be pretty ugly, God can reclaim us and use us for His glory. A fun project.
Photo by Tod Martens—Thanks Tod!
11″ bowl highlighted by the spalting created by fungi in the wood.
Photo by Tod Martens Thanks Tod!
Small, very grungy piece of wood: lots of knots, splits and cracks, some spalting. But that makes it fun.