the handle is turned, sanded, then finished with a food-safe wax. A side note: this lathe was my father's Christmas gift in 1949, I have a newer one now, but still have this one :)
the bowl is carved by hand with a special chisel
then the outside of the bowl is cut to shape
the back of the bowl is cut then shaped with a sanding disk
nearly finished, the spoon is one piece of wood, this one is cherry
A cherry wood mallet I originally made for my shop but ended up doing kitchen duty, pounding meat and smashing garlic.
A cherry lamp made in 1999 from a slab of wood my father gave me in 1988
A snowman spoon!
snowman on the handle top..
How about a heart shaped wooden spon?
the back of the spoon bowl
TV table made for Kelly's birthday, of cherry frame and painted 3/4" baltic ply
Buffalo 14" bandsaw, now with a new Marathon 3/4hp farm duty motor
JET 1236 lathe
Roughing a maple burl my father gave me. This is the first burl I've ever turned.
The burl is showing some great figuring.
Turning all the bark off takes time.
Finding a shape in the burl to follow and carry through. This will be the outside of the bowl.
If I can complete this bowl without it self-destructing, it will be beautiful.
Starting to face off the bowl edge before re-chucking and hollowing the middle. If I don't fix my camera you won't see the rest anytime soon!
Camera's fixed! The outside shape is complete and the bowl is turned around for hollowing next. I'll take it extra slow and careful with this one.
I turned this one to try following the outside shape on the inside.
Nice grain, it still needs another coat of oil
A small elm bowl, about 4 in, across 2 1/2 in deep, turned from a 5 in slice of an elm limb.
Side view. This bowl will be given to the buddy who gave me the pieces of wood.
My first goblet. The stem is a little bulky due to the wood being a little punky.
3 goblets, in order of their creation. Center and right one are cherry.
More punky spalted maple, but I wanted to try this shape just the same.
This goblet is going to live with my friend Kerry
Using up that punky spalted maple is good practice.
This one lives with my friend Kelly
12 vertical segments glued to a cherry base, this will be a 10 in bowl with interesting panels.
Getting the outside round and smooth
Shaping the inside and bottom
Final outside shaping and sanding
First coat of finish applied.
This bowl was made for my sister as a wedding gift for her best friend's daughter.
A worm-eaten maple burl bowl
Another 12-segment cherry bowl. This one is turned very thin and light, 1/8-1/4"
A mushroom from green maple.
They keep poppin' up!
heavily spalted maple clock for my buddy Dave
10 1/2" wormy butternut bowl just off the lathe
First coat of finish
Second coat made the grain much more prominent.
Wood turning, it's a disease ya know!
Thanks for the birch, Fred!
Fresh birch bowl, au naturale!
A square dish made of pine, just to try one before attempting one in mahogany.
Salt and pepper grinders of cherry, made for my son Joe
This one went home with my daughter in law, Sarah, because she loves square dishes.
13 in tiger maple french rolling pin for my friend, Annie
Tiger maple meat mallet for friends Dave & Mary Ellen
This salad bowl is being made especially for Joe and Sarah as a wedding present. It's cherry with ebony insets
4 coats of Watco oil and it's ready to go home and serve as it was meant to.
Trial run of a maple leaf in pine. A little rough around the edges, no pun intended ;-)
natural sided elm bowls
segmented zebrawood bowl 10" wide by 3" deep
Teak and maple segmented 7" plate
Oak and cherry plate, quarter moon
Another of the same, different rim shape and center plug of teak.
A third piece with yet another rim shape.
a solid elm bowl
Another elm bowl. The large surface shows the grain nicely.
Maple base and insets, cherry panels, 10 1/2 in dia.
This bowl is living with my son, David
Oak and teak panels with an oak base 9 1/2 in dia.
Oak and teak with maple insets 10 in dia
Haulin' cherry, maple and burls!
Natural edged, free form tiger maple vessel. One side of this piece was rotted and the edge left as you see it.
Maple burl pen made for me from scraps by my good friend DaveS
Another solid elm bowl
Natural birch candlestick for the neighbors
A 9 in natural edge bowl of tiger maple. This was a beast to turn!
Solid ash from a cut log, 8 in dia, 6 in tall
Cherry with maple insets 10 1/2 in dia 4 1/2 in tall
A large goblet made from maple with a HUT wax finish. ~7 in. tall
This one blew apart just as I was finishing the final outside cut at medium speed. A second crack developed that went all the way across the bowl.
Good thing I was wearing glasses as the bowl hit me in the right eye. New face shield today!
Sister to the broken bowl, solid ash, gotta keep turning.
First coat of finish.
Finished with rubbed tung oil, first coat. Ohhhh yeah....
Old cherry burl, about 8 in dia, 4 in tall. Rubbed tung oil finish.
A fairly clear maple onion, about 7 in across
an elm pencil cup
a wee little maple onion bowl, about 4 in across
Maple onion with a wide, flat, undercut rim.
A magic wand
11 in spalted elm salad bowl
A dog bowl stand made for Erica, at work. The two low ones are for Lola the chihuahua and the tall ones for the boxers.
Birdseye maple goblet, wood from my Dad
Folding TV table, maple frame with cherry and maple top.
Fit and finish are good for a first round
a turned tiger maple spindle is a nice touch
First coat of tung oil shows off the wood
another elm cup, somewhat spalted, tung oil finish
Same bowl 1 1/2 months later. It's dried and finished, residing with Dave Stone, from whom the wood came.
green maple bowl
2 weeks later, dried, a bit warped, and 3 coats of oil finish
So you hate your paper towel holder? Make your own! Definitely a time waster.
Turned cherry ends, cherry base bar and spring loaded rod. And yes, it's an optical delusion that the bar isn't straight. Both sides centers are equal from the back bar :-P~
Functional and nice looking, goal accomplished.
sister to the previous bowl, gotta use the other half of the log
My first green maple bowl. It's buried in wood chips, drying for the next few weeks.
Kitchen mallet: laminated cherry head, oak handle contoured to fit the head.
Crotch maple vessel, tung oil finish
Another kitchen mallet: maple handle, fox wedged to a laminated cherry and teak head
3rd mallet, same head, maple handle just a bit different
Maple and teak mallet heads, handles coming soon!
First one complete with matching handle
The second of these two, just a little different handle.
tiger maple box, mahogony lid about 4 1/4 in tall
small, old cherry burl bowl, about 4" wide and 2 1/8" high
another small bowl from the same cherry burl, about 4 1/2" wide, 2 1/4" tall
beautiful piece of wood
A small lidded box of spalted maple, about 3 1/2" wide, 2 1/2" high
Inside the lid is domed as well, for lightness
Lidded hard maple dish with mahagony knob, about 6" diameter and 4" high
This downed oak near work is 1/2 the load, 18" dia, some will burn, some will be turned :-)
First green little bowl turned from it, about 4" dia
it needs to dry over the next few weeks before a finish is applied
If I'm allergic to wood, I'm in deep doo-doo!
Roughing the outside of an oak bowl
Green oak bowl, 9" dia 3" tall
This one is drying in wood chips for a few weeks as well.
11" dia platter about 1 1/2" high
7" green oak bowl, about 3" deep
This one goes to Ireland ;-)
small green oak bowl, about 5" dia
Careful, YOU could be the next one in that picture frame :-)
Lidded oak box about 3 3/4" dia x 4 3/4" tall made by Dave Stone with some help and tuteledge from me
Very wet oak, as you can see inside the lid, needs to dry a few weeks before applying a finish.
10" green oak bowl
Beautiful grain figuring
Dave S. said I need a magazine rack in the bathroom, here ya go Dave!
1/4" cherry slats, 3/4" sides, tung oil finish needs another coat before mounting.
8" popcorn bowl, green oak
Onion shaped lidded box of spalted maple, about 6" tall, 3" dia.
8 1/2" rimmed green oak popcorn bowl
Three green oak serving bowls, 6" dia, 2 1/2" tall.
I was trying for consistency, how'd I do?
Rimmed green oak rice bowl 5 1/2" dia 2 1/4" tall
spalted maple lidded box
Another green oak salad bowl, I gotta stop!
3 weeks in the drying box and it should be a beauty.
green oak bud vase from a piece of crotch
What a beautiful hunk of wood!
5" tall, 2 1/4" dia
Yep, it has a crack, all natural!
Sorry, this one needed a few extra pictures!
the spindle on the left is lilac wood from my yard, the other 2 are cherry
Screen door first assembly, mortise and tenon construction. Still more to do, but this is a good start. 78 1/2"H 36"W
Major components done, first test fit is good.
spindles turned and the whole thing glued up
4 of the corner brackets made and glued in place
Construction completed, time to sand, finish and add the screening.
6 1/4" x 1 1/2" hard maple burl bowl
Maple and purpleheart bottom, cherry sided bowl.
Donated to the Wanda Mix benefit.
solid cherry wood spoon, about 14" long.
Hard, white maple spoon
teak and maple base with teak and spalted maple sides
1/4 inch and less clearance to the ways!
and it's turned! The black markings in the maple side pieces is the spalting.
sorry for the yellow light.
perrrrrrrrrrrfect! on to finishing next.
Massive 11 3/4" salad bowl, finished!
Salad fork in maple.
Pencil cup sized vessel of chestnut
Small oak goblet, fairly delicate
about 4" tall, 2" diameter
Maple burl bowl, natural edge
Kitchen mallet, maple and teak laminated head, spalted maple handle.
Another mallet, finished
Hard maple burl, about 6" wide
Goblet of chestnut, just for the heck of it
I had to cover this one in masking tape while I hollowed it out, so it wouldn't fly apart.
Choke cherry burl, soon to be a table lamp. WOW!
Look at the figuring and coloration of this piece!
First coat of sealer applied, I'm using a marine finish for durability.
and it's done! Temporary shade from the lamp it replaced, but occupying a prominent spot in my living room.
Lamp made from the second piece of choke cherry.
the cord exits through a knot hole
This is Kevin (Zen) who gave me the two choke cherry burls and the chance to work with something completely new and unusual to make two beautiful pieces of functional art.
First shot at a chip 'n dip, oak
Spoonzilla is born! 32" long 7" dia bowl
ready to turn, just about max length on the lathe
Keeep body parts away from that spinning bowl end!
my trademark ball on the end of the handle
Off the lathe, sanded to 600 grit, ready for carving of the bowl
Pocket pounder for a lacrosse stick, about 12" long, 2 1/2" ball dia, one solid piece of oak.
Kitchen mallet, 4" L x 3" dia head of maple and black walnut, handle of spalted maple
Made for my friend, Kimba :)
small oak vase for silk flowers, about 6" tall.
a chunk of a large cherry burl
shaping a nice vessel from the burl, hollowing is next.
3 mallet heads at once
14" spoon of black limba
carribean rosewood spoon
another black limba spoon
carribean rosewood bowl with white maple strips in the bottom
carribean rosewood salad fork
Spanker 23"x4"x1/2" rock maple and black walnut
another spanker, rock maple 16" x 4" x 1/2" with initial cut out
Covered dish of sipo mahogony, feet are part of the dish, not added, the top is rock maple.
24" necklace/jewelry rack. Carribean rosewood, hand coped cutouts, glitter paper for color, rear keyhole mounting.
full, in it's new home :)
18" x 3 1/2" x 3/8" maple paddle
18" x 4" x 1/2" maple paddle
finished with 3 coats of tung oil
Paddle for serving up six shot glasses, 22" x 3" x 3/8" maple and black walnut
3 legged dish for potpurri, sipo mahogony
my old softwood cooking spatula in between two slightly larger copies in rock maple
Seven more in various sizes from cherry.
cherry vessel ~ 3 1/2"H x 4"W
maple vessel ~ 3 1/2"H x 4"W
another necklace rack for a friend's daughter, 24" wide, maple
red cedar peppermill, crush grind, about 9 1/2" tall
same mill with 5 coats of tung oil
another red cedar mill
cherry crotch vessel
3 piece peppermill
salt shaker on the left, peppermill on the right, maple and black walnut, about 8" tall
a red cedar pencil cup from a scrap piece
salt shaker of red cedar for my daughter in law
11" maple burl bowl
4" maple burl bowl
cherry vessel, turned partially green, warped a bit square as it dried in the wood chips
red cedar salt shaker with HUT wax finish
maple vessel, turned partially green
red cedar salad bowl, 9 1/2" dia, 4" deep
small red cedar dish 4 1/2" diameter
a super tung oil finish
red cedar peppermill and salt shaker set, about 8" tall
small cedar bowl for a friend...
delicate cedar spoon, about 12" long, 1 1/2" dia bowl, had a little chattering on the handle while turning
coffin for a friend's departed kitten, 16" L x 8" W x 4" D
9 1/2" plate of rock maple, 3/16" thick
striped bowl of maple and tigerwood, 6" dia x 4 1/2" tall
kitchen mallet, maple and black walnut head, spalted maple handle
another with maple and black walnut head, teak handle
two foot spanker, maple and teak
A happy recipient :)
3" dia x 3/4" tiny cherry burl dish, gifted to my friend Chrissy
a wee cherry dish, ~3" dia
round spanker, about 14", teak and maple
Behaving Badly at Buffet paddle, also holds 6 shot glasses :) 38" long, 4" wide, 3/4" thick
11 1/2 " green ash bowl, just off the lathe, 3 weeks in the drying box before finishing
displayed on a plant stand
24" x 4" x 3/4 spalted maple bone crusher :)
My friend, Linda, turns her first full-sized bowl from a green log blank, she looks pleased :)
green turned fruit bowl ~ 11 1/2" dia
square to round peppermill, black walnut and maple, ~2 1/2" square base and top, 8" tall
Maple paddle, 1 1/4" thick, 18" long, 3 1/2" wide
Linda's second bowl came out quite nice
Kim tries her hand at the lathe, making a red cedar paintbrush cup
salt shaker, maple and black walnut, 2 1/2" square, 8 1/4" tall
the set complete
maple and black walnut die, 2 1/2" square
the set on the right is santos mahogony and maple
four black walnut serving-size bowls
some kind of cedar wood, it sure made an interesting goblet...
I took full advantage of the center coloration of the piece of log
nautral edged walnut bowl
duplicating a spindle for a 200 yr old rocking chair that a dog chewed
black walnut two tier candy dish, the first, made especially for my friend, Lisa.
green turned oak bowl 8 1/2" dia, 2" deep
another green turned oak bowl 8 1/2" dia 3" deep
Linda and her kitchen mallets, maple and black walnut heads, ash handles. She's learning!
green turned and heavily warped apple dish
green turned, natural edged apple vessel 6" dia 5" tall, with Rick and Diana Hunt
green turned maple bowl, 9 1/2 dia 3" deep"
green turned beech bowl 11" dia 3 1/4" deep
green turned, rimmed beech bowl, 11" dia, 3" deep
green turned apple "dumpling" 5"dia
2nd black walnut candy dish 7" base, 5" upper, 5" tall
rock maple candy dish 7 1/2" base, 6"upper, 5 1/2" tall
santos mahogony candy dish 8" base, 6" upper, 6" tall
square rock maple candy dish 6" base, 5" upper, 5" tall, made for my daughter in law, Sarah :)
another natural edge walnut bowl 5" dia 4" tall
another green turned oak bowl I forgot to get a picture of before it went to it's new home :)
small cedar dish for Mike, who gives me the red cedar to play with, thanks Mike!
natural cedar goblet turned green, u-wave dried, tung oil finish
fruit bowl of locust, 10" dia, large foot, made for my dear friend Jenny
second cedar goblet
green turned locust bowl
profile view of same
natural edged locust bowl. very thick, corky bark, 8" dia, 4" tall
green turned locust, rimmed, 8" dia 4" tall
more green turned locust, footed, pierce cut
natural edge oak bowl, wonderfully round, oval grain :)
solid cherry bowl, about 10" dia by 3 1/2" deep
another solid cherry with a rim, about 10 1/2" dia by 3 1/2" deep tung oil finish
solid locust bowl, 5" dia, 2" deep including a 1/4" foot
cherry burl dish about 5" diameter and 2" tall
Turned maple, acrylic paint with clear coat, about 3 1/2" long
solid cherry peppermill and salt shaker
snowman of red cedar, approx 6 1/2" tall, 3" diameter
with four coats of tung oil
11 1/2" tall, 5" dia, seperates at the neck, mostly hollow :)
a few coats of white acrylic spray, finished with flat white and black, lives with my friend Cheryl :)
was cutting a piece of firewood shorter for the woodstove and noticed the figuring in this piece. 6" tall 2 1/2" dia, just bored hollow from underneath.
Child's desk, 26" tall. 25" wide, 21" deep, 5" storage under top. All maple, mortise and tenon joints.
Maple child's desk, 21" x 25" x 25" tall, turned legs, mortise and tenon joints.
key rack blanks, about 14" long, 6" high, 1" thick, 2 walnut, 2 maple
3 coats of tung oil and six 1-1/2" cup hooks
walnut and maple head, spalted maple handle kitchen mallet for Lisa
cherry burl 7" dia 3" tall
zebrawood spoon, 14" long, 3" bowl
Spiral column of maple and black walnut, about16" tall and 3" dia. unfinished in this shot. A wedding present for two very special friends :)
column with 4 coats of tung oil
Tung oil finish
Tigerwood and maple, 3" tall
Shelf for over the stove. Rock maple with walnut spindles, for Lisa's new stove :) 30" wide, 5 1/2" deep
Walnut and rock maple, 3" tall. Salt has a ceramic grinder mechanism
Tried a new style for my son, David
Expresso tamper, maple, from the firewood pile
Hey Tim, a table was broken, can you make a new part? 19 1/2" tall, 7 1/2" dia, not a fan of pine, but anything else would have been very heavy
checking the fit of the legs...
freehand (everything is) green apple wood vessel, looks like a spittoon, I guess!
Green maple bowl....
Purpleheart and maple salt shaker and peppermill for Lisa :)
Cherry block with a bowl turned into it, tung oil finish
natural maple kitchen mallet
mallet with 3 coats of tung oil finish
Laptop table made for Lisa, cherry and maple top, maple spindle and cherry legs mortise and tenon
with tung oil finish
Apple wood footed bowl, turned green from a 50+ year old apple tree a buddy cut down
Side view, 8" dia 4" deep
a week of making spoons...
cherry burl bolus
maple "spoonula", angled, by request 12" long, 3" wide bowl
the back side
apple wood, wierdly spalted or partially rotted...
first wooden spoon I ever made, now about 13 years old, solid cherry. I dropped it and broke the end of the handle, but I wasn't very good at turning the "ball" on the ends yet. See the fuzzy part on the bottom side of the handle, about mid-point? That's from banging it on the edge of pots and pans. They get old and ugly but stand up to use and time!
17" beefy walnut spoon and salad fork
cherry, top; black limba, bottom
Cherry, was shooting for an oval but got an egg :) Next up!
Wall Street Flame inlay pen kit, CA finish
Mach III razor kit, cherry burl handle
Walnut, deep, oval. Yeah, on a spoon kick, gettin ready for the holidays :)
razor stand, top-walnut, spindle-cherry, base-apple
14 spoons in the past few weeks :)