Back to the chainsawing...

29 June 2014, Woodturning in practice, Would you like to leave a comment?

I’ve decided to make chain sawing and rough turning my priority over the next two weeks. My stack of timber is getting smaller, but it should really have been processed by now.

I’ve just brought in another load of yew and this includes some really interesting sections – these are from some very large yew trees, which I featured in the blog last month.

I’ve been a little reluctant to work with green timber of late, due to the warm weather and high temperatures. Even if the bowl blanks have been stored correctly, they can still split in the heat. However, my current stock of wood seems to be fairly tough and there’s been no signs of cracking - so far!.

I’ve included some before and after shots of my latest efforts with the chainsaw. These are really to convince myself there’s been some progress, although the natural edge ones do look nice when they’ve all been stacked up!

Here's how things looked early morning...

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One of the many sections to be cut to size...

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The last job was creating a faceplate rebate on all of the natural edge pieces. I do this using a grinder and chainsaw disc...

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Stacked up and awaiting rough turning. These are the largest natural edge ones, the smaller pieces will be cut on the bandsaw...

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This one should be very interesting when finished – It’s almost made up of separate sections, so I do hope it stays in one piece…

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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