Incredible natural edge bowls...

27 May 2018, New work, Would you like to leave a comment?

Over the past two weeks, I have been working on a selection of my finest natural edge bowl blanks. Now dry enough to complete, they have transformed into some impressive designs.

Eighteen months ago I acquired two large trees, very much different in appearance. The burr sycamore displayed some gorgeous swirly markings and the yew was simply perfect, with no cracks at all - quite unusual for this species! I cut up and rough turned both entire sections into blanks, creating the largest ones I could.

The two bowls above are the first I’ve completed, with larger versions still to make. As you can see, they show off some incredible natural features and beautiful colours too. Intended as display pieces for Countryfile Live in August, they just require a final coat of oil.

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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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  • Hi Chris,
    It's great you've got some yew coming in - as you can probably…
    - Jonathan Leech