Walnut Gap Bowl

Walnut with Maple pewa over sawed gap. About 5″ diameter. Walnut oil finish.

Inspired by John Beaver’s work. This is an initial piece to explore some new (to me) ideas.

This piece was selected by the American Association of Woodturners Forum as Turning of the Week for April 11, 2022.

Another Wormy Ash Hollowform

Wormy Ash, 7.5″ diameter, 4.5″ tall.

This piece has a nice bark inclusion running up the side. I might have left that alone, except that several other cracks developed during drying.

So I fixed those cracks with Wenge pewa (butterfly inserts) and also bridged the bark inclusion so it would look more complete.

The wood has lots of worm holes – these were quite a bit of trouble. The worms leave the holes filled with packed sawdust, which I like to clean out. That makes for a lot of detail work with dental tools and compressed air..

This piece was selected by the American Association of Woodturners Forum as Turning of the Week for Nov 29, 2021.

Walnut Hollow Form

This Hollow Form is Walnut, about 6-1/2″ around and 5″ tall.

Turned from a full log, so the pith (center of the log) runs thru the sides.

The stress around the pith usually leads to cracking. After it sat for a while and developed some cracks, I repaired them with Maple Pewa patches

There is a void in the side, where the tree grew around its own bark, likely due to some damage or a broken branch.

Walnut Hollow Form

This Hollow Form is Walnut, about 7″ around and 4″ tall.

It was turned from a full log, so the pith (center of the log) runs thru the sides of the form. There is a lot of stress around the pith, and it usually leads to cracking.

After it sat for a while, it did crack. I repaired those cracks with Pewa (butterfly) patches and Huini pegs, both made of Maple.

On one side of the form, there is a place where it appears a branch had broken off and the tree grew around it.

Walnut Calabash

Calabash bowl, 11″diameter x 4-1/2″ tall. Walnut. Pewa (butterfly) patches are Wenge.

The bowl was turned from a crotch log, including the pith (center) of the log and branches. I like the figure and grain variation around the pith, but it introduces extra stress in the wood and will certainly lead to cracks.

I let it sit for a while (and crack), then repaired the cracks with the pewa.