Processing the burr elm...

31 August 2016, Woodturning in practice, Would you like to leave a comment?

I’ve at last been able to sort through the elm, which was collected over a month ago! I reckon I’m going to be quite busy over the next few weeks and buried in a lot of shavings!

There’s some stunning burrs amongst the pile, in a good variety of sizes. I hope to rough these out quite soon, so they can start the process of drying. As you can see from the top photo, there’s plenty of smaller sections too – these will be great for my thin wall bowls, which are always very popular.

Some of the larger natural edge sections…

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After a day of chain sawing, when all the mess has been cleaned up! There’s a decent amount of firewood off cuts too…

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The photo below shows the first batch of slabs, ready for rounding on the bandsaw. I still can’t believe this is only some of the wood, as there’s still many tons of it to prepare!

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I’ll be working through this first batch over the next couple of weeks and roughing out a variety of blanks. I’ll certainly be posting some images when they’re done…

Jonathan Leech

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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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