band saw

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