Not much actual turning today. I have been working on a prototype of a big new globe stand.
I was looking over some of my recent bowl rough-outs and was disappointed to find a lot of rejects. Over the past few months I have acquired two lots of oak and a log of elder. Most of the oak came from a very old tree that had been taken down due to disease. The trunk had been sawn up into boards by its owner, the logs I used were the larger branches. The elderberry log was unusually large in diameter, and elder bowls are not often seen, so I hoped it would be of value. I roughed out quite a lot of bowls in the usual way and put them aside to dry, just as normal. Soon they started splitting at the edges. Some are OK and some I can salvage, but I think more than half will go to waste. I always lose a few, but these logs have been very disappointing. Other rough-outs over this same period have come out fine – some sycamore from Kennington, some mulberry, some ash and another lot of sycamore have all been successful and I hope to finish turn the rough-outs and get them on my bowl pages fairly soon.