Turning a Madrone Burl Bowl -- Part 5
I generally turn the bottom with a ¼"
detail gouge (see Fig. 15), but you could also use the small half
round and spear point scrapers. I then sand and finish the bottom
of the bowl and remove it from the maple jaws. With a small woodburner,
I sign the bowl.
I use a 1/4" detail gouge to
turn the underside of the foot of the bowl.
The biggest drawback to turning green wood,
in my opinion, is the time delay caused by having to wait for the
wood to dry. However, the advantage is that wood which really doesnt
have a place on the commercial market can be used, often with surprising
results. Madrone burl is a prime example!
Once your production pipeline" has a few
bowls in it, a bowl can be rough turned today and a completely different
bowl that was perhaps rough turned over a year ago can be finished
About Dale Larson
Dale Larson has been turning since 1978 and started
to sell his turnings in 1991. He is currently represented by five
galleries: The Real Mother Goose Gallery and the Contemporary Crafts
Gallery in Portland, Oregon; the Northwest Gallery of Fine Woodworking
in Seattle, Washington, The Wood Merchant in La Conner, Washington,
and the Appalachian Spring Galleries in the Washington, D.C. area.
Dale has been a demonstrator at numerous American Association of
Woodturners National Symposiums, many smaller events throughout
North America, and he demonstrated in international venues in countries
as distant as Israel and England.
Dale lives in the Portland, Oregon area and donates
significant hours to teaching and advancing woodturning in the Pacific
Northwest. We at Serious Toolworks, Inc. believe that Dales
selection of unique premium figured hardwoods combined with very
fine craftsmanship produce some of the most stunning wood bowls
found anywhere in the world.
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a Madrone Burl Bowl - Part 1