As a bowl-turner, it’s exhilarating to find a log that has the potential to produce not only a wide variety of bowl blank sizes but also some stunning examples of wood grain. That said, the time to figure out how to process a log most effectively isn’t when you have the chainsaw idling. Some of that knowledge can be learned in advance — before the storm hits and knocks a tree down or you venture into the woods in pursuit of some prized windfall. After more than 40 years of bowl turning, Dale Larson, our AAW feature author in this issue of Woodturning Monthly, certainly knows his way around a log. His article “Cutting Bowl Blanks from a Tree” is an excellent primer on how to evaluate grain direction so you can harvest bowl blanks like a pro. I’m planning to keep this article handy and refer to it often. Once you’ve read it, I’ll bet you’ll want to do the same.
Chris Marshall, Woodworker’s Journal
PS: In case you aren’t an AAW member already, the organization is hosting its first-ever “Virtual Symposium,” July 10-12, 2020. The all-online event will feature live educational woodturning demonstrations, special-interest sessions, panel discussions, live auctions, Instant Gallery, prize drawings for attendees, a virtual trade show and more. Registration is open now and closes July 3. Click here for more information and to register.