I made 48 pens from 74 year old cypress (planking from a speed boat) for a boat restorer for his customer. You really need sharp tools. I used a skew to turn them. When I finished them the wood was very soft and even my finger would make a mark. Not sure I would use it for a bowl. The grain was very tight.
Yep , some of the sapwood can be soft .
On the bright side, due to it's delicate colours it makes good ornaments .
The heartwood on the other hand is very robust , and stable .
And it's colours can be really vibrant .
From a milling point of view , (Monterey Cypress) logs that have been down for some years in a drying environment are as easy to mill as freshly felled stock.
The log pictured was one of those .
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