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post #1 of 7 Old 01-11-2011, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Bark on natural edge bowl

I'm thinking about trying my second natural edge bowl. The first one I turned all in one session, oiled it and understood it would go oval - it did, but didn't crack. For the second one I'd like to do a rough turn, dry, and then later a finish turn. The question is do I need to handle the bark differently - should I leave the bark the same width as the rough bowl thickness, or will the bark be really likely to break off when finish turning so maybe I should cut the bark to the finished width even though I leave the rest of the wall thicker?

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I would do it the same way you did the first one and if the bark does break off I would glue it back on.
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depends on the wood
some bark separates when drying and some others harden to the wood even more
i would ask whats the wood but i probably wouldn't know about the bark anyway

if you have plenty of that type of wood in your shop its worth a try. once you know, you know.
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The log I've got my eye on is tulipwood - it's got a very even bark which looks pretty well attached. I thought of it the last time I turned a log off this tree, but already had it chucked into the lathe the other way so I didn't try it then.
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I would leave the bark the full width of the rough turning. You never know if the bark is going to stay on or not. A lot has to do as to when the tree was cut. Supposedly wintertime is the best time to harvest logs for turning. You might try spraying the bark with a few coats of lacquer just prior to finish turning it. It may help the bark stay together. Just let it dry for a few minutes after you spray it.
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I was told the same thing. if the tree is harvested in the winter the bark is tighter and less chance of it fly off then harvested in the other seasons. so far its been working for me. yes i would leave the bark on also.


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I'm in agreement with the above. It's a little unpredictable until you have done it with that particular species. On some woods the bark doesn't shrink as much as the wood and will start to separate. You might be able to save it by applying CA glue to the loose joint before you start re turning the piece.
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