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The town is putting a sidewalk down one side of the street I live on, which requires them to take down a few trees. Last week I missed the opportunity, but this morning I saw pieces of maple on the ground in front of a neighbour's house.

With her blessing, I came away with a couple of 40" pieces about 10" diameter. The part I really want is simply too big -- about 24" diameter and 8 feet long! (I'm hoping the tree crew foreman remembers I asked him to cut a few slices for me.)

The first bowl goes to my neighbour as a memento of her beautiful tree.
 

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I think you can make a few bowls and alot of smaller turnings from that.
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Oh yes, that's the plan ... going to think and try to plan it out before sawing it up into blanks. If I'm careful I should get six 9" diameter bowl blanks out of each log, plus a bunch of pieces maybe 1.5" to 2" thick where I've sliced out the pith.

There's a crotch in one of the logs -- I have no idea what that might reveal when it's opened up, but I'm excited to find out :thumbsup:
 

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.... If I'm careful I should get six 9" diameter bowl blanks out of each log....
Sorry I'm a little dense, but I'm confused. How do you get 9" round bowl blanks from a 10" diameter log? Do you cut the blanks so the top of the bowl (inside) comes from the center of the log?
 

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Sorry I'm a little dense, but I'm confused. How do you get 9" round bowl blanks from a 10" diameter log? Do you cut the blanks so the top of the bowl (inside) comes from the center of the log?
Cut a length of the trunk the same size as the diameter; now I've got a cylinder that I split vertically down the middle.

Let the two halves fall apart -- I've got two square faces (10" x 10") onto which I draw the largest circle possible excluding the bark -- which I guess is 1/2" thick down the two sides that were vertical.

Voila -- two 9" circles, which define the top rim of the bowls.
 

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the first blank

Last night I managed to cut a length off one of the arms above the crotch, about 8" diameter. Without a chain saw this is going to be a serious work-out ;)

I put my new Timberwolf blade on the band saw and used it for the first time this morning ... oh boy, does that make a difference, it split the 9" high block like butter :yes:

Here's the first blank ...
 

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I am so psyched!

First, when I got home Thursday I found the foreman of the tree crew had left a 1" slice out of the trunk (14" diameter) for me.

Second, a co-worker offered to bring his chainsaw into work and cut up the pieces that are too big to put through my bandsaw (either because they are too large or simply to heavy for me to lift and saw in safety.)

Yesterday he spent his lunch hour making the chips fly ... here's what it looks like now with Anchorseal all over it.

He's a good guy -- won't take payment, but he accepted a pen and his wife will get a bowl in due course. For the past few weekends, he has spent a day in Monson, Mass, using that chainsaw to help clean up the destruction left by the
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Here's the booty ... that's a 12" combination square for size reference. Yeah, I'm psyched :yes:
 

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