Supersize cherry bowl...

28 January 2020, Woodturning in practice, Would you like to leave a comment?

Hand, turned, natural, edge, cherry, wooden, bowl

I’ve just prepared and roughed out this giant cherry bowl, ready for the drying process ahead. This piece has been commissioned by a customer, since the tree sadly had to be felled.

Although rot was present in the base of the trunk, there was plenty of useable wood. In fact, the final blank measures nearly two feet across and features a perfect full bark edge.

Starting off with a very large natural edge slab – this is way to heavy for lifting and was fun getting in into the van!

Wooden serving boards

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Cut to shape with a chainsaw, ready for mounting on the lathe…

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Faceplate attached - it’s certainly a big lump of wood…

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Preparing the outer shape…

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Turning the inside with a Kelton gouge and extended tool rest. I had to be very careful avoiding that dangerous spinning edge!

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The top image shows the finished blank – it’s a beauty…

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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