|Apple wood bowls|
Here's a time-lapse video showing the process I use to make a small bowl from Apple wood (click the image to see it on YouTube):
A few months ago a crew working for the utility company came through the area cutting trees back from the power lines and my friend and neighbor John noticed that they had cut down a substantial ash tree that was around 14 inch diameter at the base. He "rescued" the trunk and cut it up so that he and I could make bowls from it. He offered me a piece that he had cut into a cylinder for me as a "bowl blank". I got to work on it this weekend and it took me around three hours on the lathe to make into a nice salad bowl that measures around 9 inch diameter. It is fairly hefty at over 1 lb. 6 oz., and the grain pattern is quite lovely. It is finished with mineral oil that needs to be reapplied as the wood dries out.
|9" diameter Ash bowl|
It is surprising the amount of shavings that come from a single bowl like this, there was enough to fill up 3 - 5 gallon buckets. I let it dry on my work shop floor for a while and then store it for use as kindling for my wood stove.
|gallons of wood shavings from a single bowl|