The Process... (Step 1)

Wood used for E.D.W.W bowls is salvaged from cut logs, firewood piles or otherwise distressed or discarded wood.  No trees are cut specifically for bowl production.

Logs are milled flat on top and cut through the center or pith at the sawmill. 

Cutting through the center relieves the tension on the annual rings and helps prevent checking.

The Process...
(Step 2)

E.D.W.W bowl blanks are prepared for immediate use by rough cutting to a circular shape on the band saw or being sealed and stored.

All bare surfaces are wax sealed on smaller blanks.

Achorseal, a wax emulsion product is brushed on larger blanks. Seaing helps retain moisture and makes initial turning much easier.

The Process...
(Step 3)

Blanks are rough turned to their general shape and dimensions. 

The particular characteristics possessed by each piece of wood, such as grain pattern and stability, will determine it’s final properties.

Wall thickness is left oversized, at this stage, to allow for returning required due to distortion during the drying process.

The Process... (Step 4)

Rough turned blanks are now ready for the first step of the drying process. 

They are submerged in Denatured Alcohol for 12 to 24 hours depending on the size of the blank and the perceived moisture content. 

The alcohol displaces the moisture in the wood and then evaporates much faster than water alone.

This alcohol drying process not only decreases drying time but also reduces check.

The Process... (Step 5)

Once bowls are removed for the alcohol soak they are wrapped in heavy brown paper (I use paper grocery bags) on the exterior and the rim.

The interior of the bowls is left bare to help equalize the drying rate. 

Wrapped bowls are placed, upside down on a rack to dry for 14 to 21 days. 

Bowls may be weighed to determine when drying is complete.

The Process... (Step 6)

Dried bowls are remounted on the lathe and turned to their final dimensions. 

Bowls are now ready for the sanding process: Each bowl is progressively taken through 13 steps from 80 to 4,000 grit.

High speed air sanders (die grinders) are used with the lathe at low speed.

Bowls must be flipped and re-chucked once during this process.

The Process... (Step 7)

Many finishing techniques are employed (each turner has his own).

I prefer a mixture of Sanding, Sealer and Mineral Spirits as a sealer. 

An application of abrasive wax then either friction polish, for high gloss, or a good microcrystalline wax polish.

Bowls intended for food contact should always be finished with a “foodsafe” product.

The Process... (Step 8)

Now the old discarded or otherwise intended wood has a new beginning as a one-of-a-kind item that displays the marvels of our Creator.

The cylindrical shaping on the lathe allows unique expression of the wood provided in no other format.

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