Having turned the outside, it is time to turn the inside.
|Moving to the top of the bowl, I establish the center and drill a hole to within a half inch of the bottom. I could drill all the way but I like to leave room for changes as necessary. There is no way to know what splits, cracks or other problems may be waiting.|
|The inside of the bowl is turned away. Even though I use a hook tool for the task, there are few shavings due to the nature of the spalting of this wood.|
|The bowl is ready to be sanded but the spalting determines another difficulty to be overcome. The surface is rough and will be hard to sand because of tear out.|
|I coat the inside and outside with paste wax to ease the sanding. I have no idea why this helps but I know that the wax will speed up the first sanding immensely. The wax I am using is a blend of 2 parts mineral oil, to 2 parts vegetable oil to 1 part bee's wax. In this case I will start with 60 grit and proceed all the way to 2000.|
|The bowl is sanded and ready for the finish.|
|A good finish demands a good surface.|
|I have been using double boiled linseed oil lately for a finish and really like it for yellow birch.|
|Then the parting tool is used to cut away the tenon and the bowl is cut away from the lathe with a saw. The bottom will be sanded later, after the oil is dry.|
|The finished bowl, about 7 1/2" x 2"|
|Another one in yellow birch but unspalted; about 7"x3"|
|One in ash about 5"x3"|
|And a footed bowl in yellow birch, about 7"x5".|
If you make one please let me know how it turned out.
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