Ash bowl with walnut stripe

I had turned this little bowl (4" dia) a couple of years ago. While turning the foot broke off, and so I sawed it in two to have a look at the cross section. I threw one half in the burn pile and the other half I put on a shelf to remind me.

This year I re-united the two halves after cutting 1/8" from each half and inserting a 1/4" strip of walnut, and gluing the three pieces together. Moutned it in a jam chuck and turned a new spigot on the bottom; trued up the outside; then mounted it by the spigot and turned the inside true. After sanding through the grits, I appled walnut oil.

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Ambrosia Maple Natural Edge Bowl

Ambrosia Maple natural edge bowl from a log given to me by Preston.

bottom view

IMG_5548Top view


Started with a blank cut round on the bandsaw, a flat spot made under the bark with a forstner bit.

IMG_5483And mounted between centers using a steb center on the head stock side. 


Turned a tenon on the bottom and

shaped and cleaned up the outside.


Then reverse mounted it in the four jaw scroll chuck. IMG_5501

Final inside:  face-on viewIMG_5521

Side view.IMG_5525

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Razor Handle

Razor handle made from a piece of mahogany trim from John Van Daam's boat Finito.


Top view razor and the rest of the trim piece left over from Finito.

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Finished with high build friction polish.


In the end, the high build friction polish didn't hold up in the bathroom environment. John returned it to me, and I refinished it with CA glue to give it a shiney, waterproof, and more durable finish.

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Apple Bowl

Spalted apple bowl from a tree cut in the fall of 2014 at Lang and Marilyn Smith's.


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Poplar Bowl

Poplar bowl from the cut off of the tree Preston and I milled in  2014

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Small Cherry Bowl

This little bowl was rough turned about a year ago and coated heavily with Anchorseal to slow the drying preocess. It had warped considerably:  the rim had to be sanded to flatten it so it could be mounted in the cole chuck to turn the tenon true so it could be mounted in the scroll chuck.

Top view before sanding


Bottom also before sandingIMG_4887

Side views showing the warp that had to be sanded out flat on the belt sander before it could be mounted.


IMG_4889Mounted on the Cole chuck to be turned true and then


reverse mounted in the scroll chcuk to turn the inside.


And reverse mounted again in the Cole chuck to clean up the bottom.


After sanding and finishing with walnut oil.

Bottom view:


Top view:


(1 3/4" x 5 1/2")

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Birch End Grain Bowl

Second end grain bowl.

The log with bark on was mounted between centers and turned to this stage. Several cracks were treated with saw dust and super glue. Very tough going with the EasyWood tools and also somewhat easier but still difficult even with the OneWay Termite Ring Tool (designed to be used on cross grain).


The other end


After the center "tenon" was removed, a hole was drilled down the center to mark the depth. But it quickly became apparent that the standard tool rest I was using was way too short to safely turn out the rest of the inside. I got another longer one shown below. This reduced the "over-reach" and allowed the ring tool to cut safely and with stability without chattering and catching. This is the Modular Tool Rest System from Packard Woodworks using a (6" Radius Rest – 12") curved tool rest.


Inside finished and oiled with walnut oil. The walnut oil brought out the reddish color of the end grain.


Reverse mounted on the cole chuck to finish off the bottom.


Using the OneWay Termite ring tool to clean up the bottom.


Partially done …


Finished; sanded and oiled with walnut oil


Side view. The bowl has a maximum diameter of 10 1/2" with a 7" openning at the top and is 9 1/2" high.


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Salad Bowl (Wedding present)

Log left on our front porch: might be birch but the bark is a little different than expected for birch.


Cut in half on the bandsaw; circle drawn for the bowl


Trimmed up a little, balanced and centered on the lathe

Between centers.IMG_4683 IMG_4687

Turned round and a tenon turned on the bottom


Mounted in the scroll chuck by the tenon and the inside partially turned out.


Almost finished – needs to be sanded more and mineral oil + beeswax + carnauba wax to be applied.




Finished with salad bowl wax (mineral oil + beeswax + carnauba wax)IMG_4788


Salad tongs made from walnut

This was a wedding gift for Dan and Kim.

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Cherry bowl (with nail)

This bowl was from a log that Tom Tutor gave me. It was from his dooryard.

Log cut in half on bandsawIMG_4425 IMG_4427

Bowl blank cut from half logIMG_4430While shaping the bowl, I ran into a metal object in the wood!

The discoloration in the wood was from the metal bit.IMG_4442

After trying to chisel it out and prying it outIMG_4443 IMG_4445

It turned out to be a single nail

After cleaning up the hole, which went all the way through, I turned it into a feature …

… by filling the hole with turquoise/epoxy InLace


Finished with High Build Friction Polish (Walnut oil and shellac)



Here’s that pesky nail; it broke in two places as I extracted it.



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Ash Bowl

  • Ash Bowl.


IMG_4423The bowl was rough turned about 18 months ago and finished this August.


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Maple Burl

From one of three burls (see below) given to me by Preston. Finished with Mylands High Build Friction Polish (shellac and boiled linseed oil)

[10 1/2″ x 4 1/2″]




This is a burl like, but bigger than, the one from which I turned the bowl above. Amazing what lurks inside – another bowl waiting to be released.



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Birch Bowl

Birch bowl from a firewood log: for Barbara Talamo's birthday celebration. (~ 8" x 2.5")

Sanded to 1200 grit and finished with High Build Friction Polish (Walnut oil + Shellac)

Bottom view:


Top view 1


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Spalted Birch Bowl

From a small birch log given to me by Toby Martin. The bowl is pictured here sitting on the other half of the log. (dia ~ 6")

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I gave this bowl to John Higginson who stood by the whole day and watched me turn and finish it starting from the whole log all the way through to the final buffing. Finished with a mixture of shellac, walnut oil and carnauba wax.

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Spalted Maple Bowl

From Brandon and Sharon's Japanese maple tree:




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Applewood Candle Holder

Turned from a branch of an apple tree – gift from Toby Martin


Applwwood Candle holder

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Cherry Napkin Ring


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Cherry Bowl

Finished with walnut oil and shellac



This bowl also was sold through the Art of the Isle  Gift Shop at the Islesboro Community Center.

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Cherry Bowl

Finished with walnut oil, carnauba wax and shellac



This bowl was sold through the Art of the Isle  Gift Shop at the Islesboro Community Center.

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Poplar Bowl

This poplar bowl was turned from a crotch of a poplar that came down on our property in the famous 9/11 storm of 2013. It was finished with high build friction polish (shellac + walnut oil). It shows a lot of "cat's eye" grain. It was donated to the Islesboro School Junior Class Auction by way of Eva Marie Olson.


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Spoon for fun

Small spoon from a piece of firewood. Finished in cyanoacrylate.


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Cherry Spoon

I was in the process of gathering up scraps of wood to throw them into the burn pile. I ran across this piece of cherry, a cutoff from another project, and said "Nah; I'll make a spoon out of it". More fun than cleaning up.

I cut a thin slice – slightly curved – from the piece of cheery and drew the rough outline of a spoon on it and cut around the outline with the band saw.

I ended up with this, after a lot of whittling with a knife and a spoon gouge. Did some of the sanding on the belt/disc sander but mostly by hand from 60 grit through 600 grit. Final finishing was done with the Beall Bowl Buffing system using the lathe at 2000 RPM with tripoli, white diamond and carnauba wax.




This shows the spoon inserted back into the original piece of cherry from which it was cut



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close up:




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Cork Bowl

Cork bowl blank (A gift from Dave)


Wormwood screw chuck

IMG_2864Mounted between centers on the screw chuck


Drizzling CA glue into cracks and a ring check:


Starting on the inside – still between centers for added stability. Using the EasyWood round carbide cutter.

IMG_2867After most of the inside was turned out.


Finishing shaping and sanding of the outside IMG_2871

Finishing the inside after removing the center tenon.


Using a curved tool rest for getting closer to the inside walls (OD = 10")

IMG_2888After sanding through the grits to 1200 grit


Made a jam chuck to finish off the bottom



Used rubber shelving liner to provide friction and cushion between the jam chuck and the bowl.


(Not a good idea: it left stains on the inside that had to be sanded out: Next time I'll try some other material)

The bowl was centered on the jam chuck using the divot left by the live center that was used for turning the tenon.

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Mounted on the jam chuck:



I turned most of the bottom while it was in the jam chuck but I had to leave a little nub that I carefully removed with a chisel. And then I sanded the bottom off the lathe.

Finished Bowl – well almost, the bottom requires more work – mostly sanding. At this point the bowl has not been treated with any finish.





Spectmber 2015: The bottom and the inside were sanded and the ring check treated with sanding dust and CA glue both inside and out. The bowl was sanded again and then oiled with Mahoney's Walnut oil.




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Bowl from Honey Locust

Half logs were given to me by John Higginson:


Trimmed with the electric chain saw, with face plate already attached for mountingIMG_2709

Ready to go onto the latheIMG_2710

Mounted and ready to start turning round.IMG_2713

After some turning IMG_2716

And after a lot more turning, mostly round with this "feature" in the side. I think I'll incorporate it into the final bowl.IMG_2730

After turning a proper tenon on the bottom and reverse mounting and turning the inside. 15" in daiameter.


Outside after thinning the walls.


Inside after thinning the walls. The "feature" in the wall will be filled with … something.



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Teak Plate

Teak Plate 8" from a 1 inch rough sawn teak board:




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Ponderosa Pine Bowl

My niece brought a pine log when she came to visit us in Maine, and I turned this bowl for her while she was here.

Oiled with walnut oil and carnauba wax: (from Doctor's Woodshop, Walnut Oil Paste Wax, DOC-102)



And after polishing with Beall Bowl Buff system.



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