Saturday, April 29, 2017


Coast Redwood Tree (Sequoia sempervirens); these behemoths are the world's tallest plant. The trees can grow from 180' to 370' tall and 8' to 23' in diameter.  The Tree pictured is about 16' in diameter and +200' tall.

Below are pictures of bowls turned from Redwood.  Many people have not seen this type of wood or tree, the pictures of the bowls show some of the different variations in color and grain pattern of the wood in Redwood Trees.

The wood in these bowls, is from the salvage of dead wood from winter storms or stump wood from trees that were logged  in the 1930's and 1940's.
Redwood is soft and brash, cuts very easy and sands easy.  End grain wood tends to pull rather than cut and the only way to to remove the marks is to sand them out.  Very dusty, a good dust collector is essential.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


 Look at what my Granddaughter Alyssa gave to me.

It is 12 by 16 by 3 inch piece of Big Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum).

The wood contains both burl and fiddle back figure.  The figure in this piece of wood is shallow. Back side of the piece has almost no figure.  I turned the bowl so that the figure was on the bottom and as I hollowed out the inside of the bowl the figure was exposed.

The bowl is green and is rough turned to about 1 inch thick, 8 to 10 days in the dryer and it will be ready to finish.

I think she is going want her wood back.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spalted Wood

Spalted wood is partially decayed wood, that changes color as it decays. The wood fiber is still sound and can be used is a variety of projects, the decaying stops when the wood moisture content is below 20%.

This is a slab of Oregon Myrtlewood.  Spalted Myrtlewood produces colors that range from cream to black with shades of green, red, orange and brown; in various shapes and streaks.        

The spalting process can produce some very dramatic colors and patterns.

Remember that spalting is decay which is the wood tissue breaking down because of the interaction with fungus.  It is always prudent to wear a breathing mask when working (sanding) spalted wood. Some people have an allergic reaction to spalted wood.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Curly Redwood

Curly Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens).

I have several of these Redwood planks lying around the shop; for years. They are two inches thick and range from 12 to 14 inches wide.  Being shut in for the weekend I decided to turn a couple of platters.  I started with a face plate; turned the back and bottom and do all the sanding because your won't be able to go back.  Then I used a 6 inch vacuum cup to hold the platter and finished the inside.

Second platter.

Side view, they are only about 1 3/4 inches thick.

Redwood varies in color from dark red / brown to an light brown as you seen in the photo.  I alway start with a heavy coat of spar varnish; apply heavy and wipe off after a few minutes it seals the wood and brings out color and depth.

Anybody have any wood they want to trade?