Osage orange bowl no. 2

Bowl: 2010; Maular pomifera; approx. 9″ dia. by 4″ high.


A shallow bowl turned from a log of Osage orange, where the cracks won. Note the skips in the turning visible just to the left of the large crack at the rear.

The crack is filled with cyanoacrylate glue with a mix of coffee grounds and sawdust.

The finished bowl, a gift for a cousin, was photographed in Villiers-sous-Grez, France.

Osage orange bowl no. 2

Pear wood bowl

Pear wood bowl
Bowl: 2009; Pyrus calleryana; apport. 9″ dia. by 3 1/2″ high.

8 15/16″ x 3 3/8″ from a log of about 12″ diameter. A blank, with a wall thickness just under an inch was turned in October. After monitoring the weight change in the blank (and knowing I wanted a bowl to bring to France), I chose to complete the turning. As it happens, the wood was still a little yet yielding a slightly distorted round as I completed the final turning. The pear wood log was from Paul Simmons of Valley Trees. Sanding was done up to 4000 grit. The finish is “salad bowl” finish with three coats of wax. Some lines are still present but are possibly within wax coat.

Update: This bowl was given to my friend and sometimes colleague Eric Duplan of TESIS. He lives with his family at an old farm in the Tourraine, providing space for his sizable metal and woodworking atelier and baking operations. This bowl receives heavy use and has survived a number of excursions in a microwave.


Pear wood bowl

Walnut bowl

Walnut bowl 04
Bowl: 2009; Jugulars nigra; approx. 6″ dia. by 2″ high.

This bowl was turned from a blank that was part of grab bag of wood turning blanks. It has an oil and wax finish. Unfortunately, some minor scratches remain. While this bowl is one of my favorites, with its slight outward flare at the rim, I no longer use it for light snacks at home. Walnut wood is known to cause allergic reactions in many people. I have found that I am sensitive to the dust.

Walnut bowl

Kitchen bowl

Bowl: 2009; Ulmus pumila; size unrecorded.

The grain is not very fine on this invasive species which grows quite rapidly in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. The finish is just a quick coat of oil. This is a very casual bowl for the kitchen. It was turned from wet wood and is now an oval. The foot is a tenon but but less apparent than my usual approach, being recessed into the bottom of the bowl.


Kitchen bowl

Osage orange bowl

Bowl: 2008; Macular pomifera; approx. 7 ½” dia. by 5 5/8″ high.

Bowl turned from osage orange logs harvested by an arborist, about 19 September 2008. After buying a new chain saw, I was finally able to start bucking the pile, much of which will find its way to the fireplace.

The wood was turned green, kept in a plastic bag as I struggle with its shape. Final dimensions are 7 9/16″ wide at the rim (7″ inside) by 5 5/8″ high (4″ deep inside). The foot rises 1/2″ high before breaking outward.

The sides and bottom, in particular, are thicker and heavier than I would like but I had a nice interior shape and was growing impatient with the time devoted to this bowl. Finish is salad bowl oil with three coats of wax.

Plans are to give this as a gift but I still need to tweak the finish. Some of the wax did not buff as nicely as it should due to vibration from the bowl (as it is no longer true-to-round at this stage).

Update: I gave this as a gift to my brother and it later developed a significant crack as it dried further. After some time, the shape came back into line and, to the best of my knowledge, the crack is no longer apparent.