A minor dilemma

Today I have been working on a spalted hornbeam bowl. This wood is very striking, pale in colour but with very prominent black streaks.

On the outside, which is turned first, there was a small dead patch near the rim. After sanding and oiling, it was going to be an asset to the bowl. The dilemma came when I started the inside. As the wall of the bowl got thinner, the dead patch turned out to be loose. It was the decayed remains of a knot, once a small side branch.

There are several options in a case like this. I could have glued the little plug in place. The problem with this is that the glue often shows. Or I could have just turned it away, leaving the bowl shallower. I decided just to let the plug fall out. There is now a small opening at the rim, with a natural inner surface. I think it makes a good contrast with the otherwise smooth wall, and I look forward to seeing it with its finish applied. Bowls seem to come to life when the oil goes on.


About Terry

Terry has been turning wood in London for many years. He makes wooden bowls, cute little wooden mice and other gift items.
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