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.

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.

Nativity

I was inspired by a clip from this video by Sam Angelo and made a nativity set for the family.  I happened to have a bowl that I’d gone too thin on the bottom, so I could cut it to made the manger.