Will explained how he cuts the tree to approximate size in the field, coats both ends with anchorseal, then lets it cure for six months to a year. To prepare the wood for turning, he knocks off the corners on the bandsaw. Then he took this chunk of tree and began shaping the outside of the bowl. Will explained his choice of tools and his preferred shapes for the grind.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
When life gives you scraps, make quilts.
When the bowl splits, make a jack-o-lantern!
Many thanks to Will and Rachel for their hospitality and for a very educational and entertaining evening of woodturning.