r/w Pine Bark Beetles, again

Wanderings this weekend took me through an ageing pine forest. The tranquility of the vast stand was a welcome relief from the confines of “Stay Home, Stay Healthy”, mantra. As you enter, the embrace of spice takes over your olfactory. The cinnamon scent of the Ponderosa Pines. Go to the warm, sunny-side of the tree….

r/w That Blue Grey Color

Pine Bark Beetles. Not a friend of Pine forests. They do leave behind a signature so distinct, that even after creating a bowl complete and finished. A Forester looked at it and said. “That tree was dead when it was harvested”.  A few questions later and the reason for the deduction was make clear. The…

r/w Chestnut Collection

I acquire most of my wood from trees felled by landowners looking to simply clear the wood from the property. Much of the wood are from trees deemed a nuisances. I have mentioned this blessing and curse in previous posts. Generally the wood has many solid parts of the wood. Unfortunately, much of the wood…

r/w Black Locust the Collection to Date

Common Here in the Inland Northwest When first starting on my journey of wood turning I discovered almost immediately a few truths: One, I can have all the pine a person could possibly use. Two, the tree most likely to be given away is the Black Locust. Three, the best trees to harvest are the…

r/w – Siblings from the Same Branch

  When Cracks Change An Idea They were two rounds created months ago. Both American Elm, both from the same branch, tree, both appeared similar. But when they were on the lathe, they each revealed different personalities. One was solid. A confident piece ready to become anything. Just the slightest cutting reveal veins with complex…

(r/w) Round Wood the Beginning

A boy with a camera messing around with found wood on a lathe A little over a year ago, I was given a lathe for my birthday. Worried about my retired leisure time – my wife knew that given the opportunity to, I would mess around with a woodworking tool. Yes, it has begun to…