Although I have been working on one single commissioned project through most of this year, I have managed to sneak in my own turning work at every opportunity. Now I have finally gone through my big pile of roughed out greenwood bowls.
From last June through September, I was very busy working my way through my stock of logs. I like to rough out a bunch of bowls during the summer, that way I have a pile of work to do in the winter while I am waiting for glues or finish to dry. Wow, now that I think about it, I kinda sound like a squirrel getting ready for winter!
My plan for the summer of 2010 was to make “utility” bowls. Utility meaning, bowls to eat out of. I did create a number of artistic pieces, but I did try to stick with my plan for the greenwood turning season.
After about four to six months, the roughed out bowls are ready for their final turning and finish. Once I finish with the roughing out, I coat the bowls with Anchor Seal, then put them in a paper bag, write the date on it the bag, put it in the pile, and forget about it.
I think I lost about a third of the bowls due to cracking and checking, which is to be expected but a bummer none the less. All but one of my sycamore bowls split which was a real disappointment because some of them were really big. BTW, my local sycamore trees smell like manure when you turn them. My polite wife refers it as an “interesting” smell.
Overall, I am pretty happy with the summer’s bounty of bowls. I have already sold a number of them, and I hope to sell the rest of them at my next show.
I have not decided what I want to do this summer once I get my log pile re-stocked. The artistic pieces sell pretty well, and so do the utility bowls, but I really do want to focus on some theme. Oh well, I have the rest of the winter to decide.
If you are interested in seeing my 2010 bowl season work, you can visit my website bowl gallery.
How was your turning season?