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Crafting a bowl

Using only reclaimed hardwood trees, and an occasional soft wood when warranted, from New York State, especially Westchester County.

My wood bowls require about 6 months to produce. Most wood turners turn their bowls when the wood is 'green', meaning that the wood has significant amounts of moisture. After turning, bowls need to be carefully dried in order to prevent them from cracking. This can take me about 3 months to complete. Following drying, my bowls are attached again to the wood lathe and sanded.
After sanding, I treat the wood with pure Tung Oil, a food approved oil from the Tung tree,
Vernicia fordii, allow it to dry and re-rub it again with the oil. After the oil has dried, I re-sand the bowl. At this point I determine whether to finish it with a marine spar or to use a beeswax/tung oil rubbed finish.
Of the nearly 900 bowls that I have sold, most people have preferred the marine spar finish, because there is essentially no maintenance to the wood bowl, it does not require any re-oiling or polishing. The downside is that if you use metal utensils on the inside and it becomes scratched, well you now have a scratched surface bowl. If however, you are using it primarily for decoration and only occasionally using it for salads, snacks, etc. than the marine spar finish is good for you. The beeswax/tung oil finish can be used in all circumstances but needs a bit more care given to it over time.

Availability of wood bowls from the different tree species varies according to what I am able to find. Some years I have many Cherry bowls and other years more Maple. The most abundant trees are: Maple, Oak (I rarely turn Oak), Walnut, Cherry and Black Birch.

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