Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
Bowl Blanks from logs
I am slowly getting back into woodturning. Up until recently, I havenít turned any bowls or plates in 16 years. When I was into turning, rarely did you ever see anyone using the pith or center of the tree. I am seeing it used more often and people are using alcohol to stabilize the wood. I havenít tried that technique yet, but I will eventually.
The way I was taught and the way I cut my bowl blanks is shown in the sketch. This reduced the chances of the bowl splitting. The theory behind it is that the center of the log is the most stable and that is where the base should be. The outer part of the log is the least stable and will warp because the walls of the bowl are thin and flexible - relatively Speaking, rather than split if it was still thick.
The warping, to me, is an added feature. I also turned the bowls to final size the first and only time on the lathe while the wood was still wet. You will have to work fast.
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx