Gorgeous burr sycamore bowls...

23 November 2015, New work, Would you like to leave a comment?

I’ve just removed these blanks from the drying kiln, as they are now ready to be completed. Turned from a burr sycamore tree I retrieved in 2013, they’re certainly impressive and feature some gorgeous swirly patterns…

The image below shows the largest one on the lathe. The bark was a little scuffed in places, from when the tree was felled. Due to this, I’ve spent a bit of time removing it - this makes for a much cleaner appearance and highlights the distinctive spikes. The two smaller blanks have a near perfect covering of bark, which will be a feature of the finished bowls…

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Three pieces oiled up and finished. They will soon be appearing in the natural edge section of my gallery…

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Jonathan Leech

Written by Jonathan Leech

Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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    Richard28 November 2015 22:40

    Jonathon, as always your work is beautiful. Have you thought about leaving a thicker rim to maintain as much of that burl edge? Keep the bowl itself thin like above just with a more pronounced rim.

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    Jonathan Leech29 November 2015 08:55

    Hi Richard, I'm so pleased you like the bowls. I've turned them a little thicker in the past, although I thought they looked a bit too rustic - possibly due to all the extra bark. However, I have an oak burr which has no bark on at all, so may turn this with a more pronounced rim. It's drying at the moment, but I'll post some photo's when it being made.

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