August 30, 2020

I have been working on a sugar maple burl provided by a logger in Grand Marais, MN. The burl wrapped part way around a 10" diameter log. I decided to cut the log perpendicular t...

August 22, 2020

This post is a follow-up to the previous blog post. I decided that I could turn a second bowl from that large piece of the elm crotch I was given by the city of Grand Marais. Th...

August 1, 2020

Several very old elm trees in down town Grand Marais were cut down by the highway department this year due to work on highway 61 this summer. Cutting down these trees was contro...

July 20, 2020

It looks like we will be dealing with this Covid-19 virus for some time. I have been working in the wood turning shop nearly every day to keep my sanity and I am completely out...

May 30, 2020

A customer dropped of a large black ash burl a few days ago. I was commissioned to turn it into one large live edged bowl. The photos below show this process. The trimmed burl w...

April 12, 2020

In late November, 2019, I set up my new S1000 (3 Hp) Stubby lathe. I got this lathe so I could turn larger bowls. I turned the first large bowl on this lathe in early December (...

April 7, 2020

Everyone is stuck at home these days so there is a bit more time to write. I alternate my time between working in my shop turning and finishing bowls and writing and posting on...

April 5, 2020

It is challenging to avoid the stress and anxiety of the isolation that distancing brings during the Corona virus pandemic. My cure is to spend a lot of time in the wood turning...

April 1, 2020

A local logger brought me a beautiful birch burl a few weeks ago. I paid him well for it. It is good to help people in our rural community since many are struggling with the Cor...

March 29, 2020

This white cedar burl came from the UP of Michigan and has the most amazing thick and knobby bark. The burl and bowl (10.25" in diameter, 9.9" in height) are shown in images bel...

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