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David Harrison | Turned Bowls

A work in progress
Nestled snugly on a mountainside in mid-coast Maine, David turns bowls using wood from downed trees on his own property.  An avid outdoorsman and electrician by trade, David finds his creative passion in woodworking.  

The ultimate upcycler, David uses only fallen trees for his bowls while preserving nature for others to enjoy.

Davids bowls go through several stages on their journey starting with a rough log.  Read about the process as described by David below.  You can watch him work and learn about the process by clicking on the video links

I cut the logs into 12 inch chunks with an attempt to include any natural features that I think will have a good grain pattern.  
Then I split the log down the center to minimize cracking in the wood as it shrinks.
I seal the ends to slow the drying process. 
Each half a chunk is a blank. When I'm ready to rough out a blank, I will cut it to thickness on a band saw, then attach a plywood disk to the rounded side of the chunk and use it as a guide to cut a rough circle from the blank. 
           Video: Preparing a bowl blank 
Video: Rough-turning a Bowl 
This gets mounted on the lathe and turned while it is still green (not dried). The bowl is turned until the thickness is about 1/10 of the diameter, then labeled with the date and species. 
It is painted completely with a sealer to slow the drying rate and put on a rack for 6 months. As the bowl dries some parts of it shrink more than others and the shape will change. 
After the bowl has completely dried it is mounted back on the lathe, turned until it is round again on the outside, then finished on the inside to final thickness.
It is then sanded to a smooth finish, which usually takes just as long as turning, and the finish is applied. 
As one of our Artisans, David's work is available for purchase at our store, Artisan Life & Style.

Works in various stages of completion
Finished works