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Roughing a bowl from green wood. (3)

"The next step to that beautiful salad, remove the tenons and seal for drying."

When you are happy with the wall thickness and shape it is time for trick number two. Taper the tenon to about 1" to 3/4" at the bottom. I have done smaller but it is not necessary, especially in a bowl this size or larger. A 3/4" tenon has held a bowl of 15" easily for me but it may take a few to build up confidence.
Now trick #3, flip the piece end for end again and flatten the bottom while tapering the tenon as much as possible. My tool of choice is a 3/16" Oland tool but I have often used a 1/4" spindle gouge. Any catches with the spindle gouge can be spectacular, but it does work well. Try to get the tenon down to 1/4" or less but watch it closely. The tail center may cause the tenon to split. If it does so, stop and remove the wood from the lathe.
Now the final two tricks. Hold the piece in your hand with the bottom up. Sweep the shaft of a heavy tool such as that 3/16" Oland we have been using, along the bottom, knocking off the small tenon.
Flip it again and use the handle of the tool to strike the tenon in the center of the bowl, knocking it loose.
Paint the outside of the bowl with end sealer such as Anchorseal and set it to dry.
Here is the rest of the bowl blank.
and a few more drying and waiting to be finished.

If this is a help, please let me know how it turned out.

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