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Brian Graham
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Nov 27th, 2010 at 7:01am
 
On my way home this past spring, I came upon a fellow you was cutting down a rather large Weeping Willow. Of course, I introduced myself and talked him into giving me a few pieces to take home.

Rough turned back in early June I think, and finished up this past week. This bowl will be going back to the gentleman I received the wood from. This willow is not the best for turning in my opinion. Rather soft with lots of tear-out, but with sharp tools and a couple of applications of shellac, I managed to get it off the lathe...

Bowl is around 12" by 5" finished to about 1/4" thickness. Two coats of Watco butcher block finish.
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Re: Willow
Reply #1 - Nov 27th, 2010 at 7:26am
 
Nice bowl. I have some type of willow that is very white. Looks like white cheese and it cracks just by looking at it. A neighbor was trimming the tree and I needed some practice wood. It does turn easy and I need to try a bowl, then boil it after.
If my bowl turns out anything like your's I will be happy and I am sure your neighbor will be very surprised at your talent.
Nice job! and I like the finish too.
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Re: Willow
Reply #2 - Nov 27th, 2010 at 8:24am
 
Nice job. Giving back a bowl keeps you on people's minds when they cut down trees. Soon the word will be out and you'll end up with more wood than you can deal with.

I picked some willow up from a construction site last spring. Sadly, they just bulldozed the trees down so I couldn't get very much out of it. I did manage to turn a top hat for my son and some fairly nice bowls. It is soft but can be dealt with.
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