Cutting the log into a blankI know this is supposed to be a knitting and weaving blog, but I have started doing a lot more stuff, so it’s going to be branching out into woodturning and spinning, and maybe even embroidery.  I started turning in 2010 so I could learn to make a spindle, and now I can make all sorts of nifty things out of wood.  Ironically, I don’t actually spend much time making spindles, even though that’s why i wanted to learn.

A couple weeks ago, I needed to make a bowl for the President’s Challenge for the August Show Me Woodturners meeting, so I rummaged through the wood collection on the back porch and pulled out a piece of black cherry wood.  Some nice tree trimmer had given the club president a bunch of logs, which he shared with us.  Free wood is great!

I cut the log down into a round blank on the band saw, then started the turning process.

After I got the blank turned into a reasonably bowl shaped item, I noticed a notch and crack along the rim where the pith had been very close to the cut edge of the blank.  I could have made the bowl shorter and turned away the crack, but instead, I went with it, and when I was done with the turning, I found a white sapphire that fit perfectly into the notch created by the crack.  It makes the rim of the bowl nice and sparkly.

I finished the bowl with Watco butcher block finish, then buffed with the Beall buffing system, using carnauba wax as the final top coat.  I glued the sapphire in with CA glue after finishing, but before buffing.  The bowl is about 6″ high and 6″ in diameter.

black cherry bowl with sapphire

4 Responses to A sparkly bowl

  • I always enjoy reading about your projects, although I secretly sometimes wish you’d find a craft you didn’t excel in! Schadenfreude is an ugly thing!

  • Zinniz says:

    I am so surprised anyone was still following this blog! Clearly I don’t excel at blog posting. I also am really not terribly good at metalworking. I’ll post some pictures from my class one day. I did learn that I dearly love sending sheets of metal through the big roller machine to leave texture imprints. I could do that all day.

  • Heather says:

    Wow– this is absolutely beautiful. Every time I see something you made, I have to tell myself… do not need new hobby… do not need new hobby…

    • Zinniz says:

      Thanks Heather! The thing I love about wood turning is that you can nearly always finish a project in a day. It’s such a change from the fiber arts, where I can spend an entire day just winding a warp, or threading heddles. The nearly instant gratification is quite rewarding.

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