First Bowl, found wood

Signed-In Members Don't See This Ad
See more from Dehn0045

Dehn0045

Member
Joined
Mar 19, 2017
Messages
1,357
Location
Houston, Texas
Found this wood on my way home from work, not really sure what it is. I've turned a couple of other rudimentary dish shaped objects, but I'm calling this my first bowl. It is about 5.5" diameter. I know it isn't much, and there is a lot to improve, but we all start somewhere... I plan to make another for the homeowner, he was genuinely nice when I bothered him to ask if I could take some of the wood. Hopefully it is still there tomorrow, cause I'll grab a few more pieces.
 

Attachments

  • PSX_20180521_193150.jpg
    PSX_20180521_193150.jpg
    279.4 KB · Views: 141
  • PSX_20180521_193312.jpg
    PSX_20180521_193312.jpg
    101.3 KB · Views: 112
  • PSX_20180521_193338.jpg
    PSX_20180521_193338.jpg
    161.7 KB · Views: 113
Signed-In Members Don't See This Ad

Woodchipper

Member
Joined
Mar 15, 2017
Messages
3,292
Location
Cleveland, TN
Love the contrast in the wood. Not sure but, yes, that is wood. Found is another word for free. Nice bowl. What finish are you using?
 

Dehn0045

Member
Joined
Mar 19, 2017
Messages
1,357
Location
Houston, Texas
Beautiful contrast and well done bowl... looking at the first picture with the streaks of green and the dark around it, plus the white makes me think this is a variety of POPLAR.

Yeah, maybe so, seems to be a little harder than I would expect from poplar however. There is definitely a little green color though.
 

Dehn0045

Member
Joined
Mar 19, 2017
Messages
1,357
Location
Houston, Texas
A suggestion: Usually when you find free wood that is as good as that, GET ALL YOU CAN IMMEDIATELY!

That kind of contrast in wood is hard to come by. Beautiful work too!

Thanks Hank. Learned my lesson, but thankfully not the hard way this time. I was able to load up today before the wood found its way to the chipper. I'm still not 100% sure the species of the tree, but I am thinking it is a magnolia of some type. The trunk was still standing, so I snapped a photo and grabbed a pic from Google Street view.
 

Attachments

  • PSX_20180522_213416.jpg
    PSX_20180522_213416.jpg
    352 KB · Views: 81
  • PSX_20180522_213349.jpg
    PSX_20180522_213349.jpg
    233.1 KB · Views: 77
Joined
Sep 24, 2006
Messages
7,576
Location
Tellico Plains, Tennessee, USA.
It doesn't look like any Magnolias that we have around here... still think its a poplar.... however, not sure if there are a lot of poplars in Houston area... most of the trees I had were when living in Houston were pines. The Magnolia I had had a darker bark and didn't spalt in the manner yours has....The poplar and the magnolia I've turned were about the same hardness... I've used up all my Magnolia a while back, so working on memory which may or may not be all that accurate. I do remember that Magnolia is a little tighter grain than poplar.

that stump has a couple of knobs that might be burls on it... hope you can grab them as well....
 
Last edited:

MRDucks2

Member
Joined
Jul 17, 2017
Messages
2,192
Location
Washington, IN
The general blurry leaf shape makes me thing Magnolia, also. We had similar trees in our area of Spring, Texas north of Houston in what I call the “Compaq Computer” era subdivisions Between 45 and 249 that went in mid seventies to early eighties.


Sent from my iPhone using Penturners.org mobile app
 

MRDucks2

Member
Joined
Jul 17, 2017
Messages
2,192
Location
Washington, IN
FWIW the nice discoloration appears to be what I was taught as a kid to be “metal” staining, from metal, fence, nails, something in the tree.

The metal will be somewhere below the staining and loggers would cut until they saw no more stain as long as they had a good 8 foot log left.

Just be careful cutting up. Can be hard on a blade and quite surprising. If you are lucky, it could simply be from the gas line behind the tree.


Sent from my iPhone using Penturners.org mobile app
 
Top Bottom