81 hand-turned wooden bowls on a home-made 9x9 compartment shelf

Bowl #3 — Artistic, Practical

An early take on bowl design using stable lumber that has less possibility of changing shape while drying. These blocks call for a steady hand and sharp chisel as sanding kiln dried material calls for a more robust abrasive taking longer. Kiln-dried material will also “fly apart” more than green wood turning. Besides design and shape the grain of this piece is quite spectacular. An angle cut was taken from the block to place opposing grains across the bowl from each other. Bowl 3 is experimental.

Reclaimed wood origin

4x4 blocks of maple donated to Ottawa Valley Wood turners. Apparently, cut-offs from a bat manufacture’s order. The deal was to take as many as you like but to return in the next month some number of woodworkers mallet to be branded and given in gift bags at companies open house. Fine lumber, kiln dried varying in length from 8 inches to 20 inches, maybe the odd one longer still.

Maple (kiln dried)
Boiled Linseed Oil x 3 coats