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Catalpa, from tree to bowl

A few years ago, we had a very large yard tree taken down. It was rotten through the center, to the ground. My mate George and I spent two summers harvesting all the wood by hand, meaning a small electric home chainsaw and axes. George bought several new wedges before those stumps were converted to firewood. What I managed to save for turning took a long time to stabilize and dry, but it makes some beautiful turning wood. A little stringy, and takes some care with sharp tools and light cuts, but after sanding it polishes up well and shows a lot of character. I now have several pieces sitting around waiting for me to turn, and we have one whopping big firewood pile!
The bowl shown is about 7" high and 5" in diameter.

-- Might As Well Dance :

Nice one Barb. I love “home grown” wood. I have a bunch of Arbutus that came from a tree beside my shop. I’ve included it in quite a few projects and they are “special” because of it.
Have fun and enjoy your “special” wood.

-- The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

wow that’s one cool bowl Barb,love the wood and design.

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

Very nice catalpa bowl. Makes we want to finish the ones I started several months ago from my backyard catalpa. The tree is still there, just several feet shorter.

-- If your not the lead dog, the view never changes.

Nice To see a bowl that you can relate to not just the making of it but the tree it came from .
Very nice .


Beautiful bowl Barb and much better use than fire wood!

-- -- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

Thank you, everyone. That beautiful old tree is well remembered!

-- Might As Well Dance :

Nice work . I have a guy that sells me Catapla planks or chunks . My favorite wood.

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