Wooden beer mugs, wine goblets, bowls, and other functional wood art by Reincarnated Trees

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I will be displaying pictures of the items I make on this page.  As I get time I will put in more pictures.

Most of these items are made from "found" wood that came down in storms, construction, etc.   Sometimes I also break down and buy some exotic wood, just for fun and hopefully some profit.

The pictures may show products that have been sold, but something comparable can usually be made.  Some of the weirder, artsy items are one of kind, they owe a lot of their character to the stresses the tree experienced.  If you visit me at the Michigan Renaissance Festival you can see and touch the items you are considering. 

I will try to show you pictures of everything I make.  If it is round and made of wood, I can usually figure out a way to make it.  I have made croquet mallets, drum sticks, and other items on special order.  What I make the most of are:
 
Mugs
Goblets
Plates and Platters
Bowls 
Pretty, but non-functional art objects
 

Pink Ivory Goblet - 9 1/2 inches
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This is a smooth, dense, beautiful, African hardwood. My wife already laid a claim to it.

Afzelia Burl Bowl - 9 inches in diameter
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This beautiful burl comes from Africa. I bought a piece that became a bowl and 2 goblets.

Spalted Maple
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This is one of 4 turnings from a log attacked by mold. About 9" in diameter.
Spalted Maple
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Third in the series. Once I started on these I couldn't stop.
Natural Edge Bowl - Sassafras
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A six inch bowl with a nice symmetrical curve.
Chip and dip - turned from one piece of wood
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This is honey locust a very hard domestic wood with lots of character
CEO's retirement
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When our CEO retired I made him a walnut bowl and an executive shot glass. He sent me this picture.
Ringed bowl - Honey Locust
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A variation on the chip and dip - a bowl with a "saturn" type ring around it
Ball on a stand - desk ornament
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One of our managers wanted a wooden "softball" and this was the result out of mulberry.
Natural edge bowl - Apple
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This 6 inch bowl was turned from some apple that sat in the wood pile a couple years.
Tall Tulip Poplar bowl
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What is normally a bland wood was changed when the tree was struck by lightning and water leeched in
Cherry Bomb?
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I was feeling artsy again. Turned from a triple crotch of cherry and looks like an exploding bomb.
Another triple crotch cherry turning
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This kind of turning is purely decorative, but it feels good to look at it and say "I made that".

Afzelia Burl goblet - 10 inches tall
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One of the goblets I made from the piece of burl. My wife likes them so they must be good.

Afzelia Burl set
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I hoped this set would stay together. The first day I displayed them a person bought them for $600.

Mortars and Pestles - Honey Locust
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My wood supplier asked for a 10" tall mortar so here it is compared to a standard 5" tall mortar.

11 Inch Maple Bowl
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Some more of that old maple. The guys who counted the rings said it was about 300 years old.

Turning - Box Elder Burl
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The texture, color, and figure all appeal to me.

Spoons
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People kept asking for them, so I used a branch that came off my beech tree and experimented
Oak Bowl
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A nice simple kitchen bowl

Box elder bowl
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This shows off the red streaking common in Box elder.

Cannister - Maple
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This is about 6 inches high, perfect for sugar on the table, or just for pretty
Maple container
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Sort of a flying saucer shape, perhaps I was channeling Fox Mulder when I did this one.

Lidded Bowl
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A nice bowl of oak with a fitted lid.

Natural Edge Apple Bowl - 8" in diameter
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The bark had to be stabilized with super glue, but it was worth it for the look.

Natural edge apple
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A different tree gives a different color and look, even if it is the same species.

Honey Locust Mug
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Honey Locust is a very dense wood.

Rotten Maple log turning - 10" high
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The center of the log rotted out and after turning the top split. This is what the wood wants to be

Kingwood goblet - 9 1/2 inches
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A relative of rosewood. Definitely one of a kind, since this was all the wood I had.

Walnut Bowl
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One of several bowls with "crotch" figure I got from a 15 inch log I cut in half.

Mara goblet - 9 1/2 inches
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Another African wood, somewhat similar to walnut.

Black birch bowl
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The bark is like birch but dark and the wood looks like apple. Nice stuff to work.

Rotten maple log turning - 9" tall
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Lighter in color than the ones above, this turning came from higher on the tree.

Honey Locust Goblet
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This goblet is about 8 inches tall. I like the color contrast.

Rotten maple log turning - 6" tall
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From every side this one looks different, form smooth to totally weird. I like it.

Amboyna Burl Goblet
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This is a one of a kind goblet. My wife grabbed it as a decorator. I love the color of this wood.

Oak
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A deep bowl turned on the end grain. About 7 inches in diameter.

Mulberry Mug
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Every wood has its own unique color and look. Mulberry comes out sort of yellowish.

Spalted Oak urn - 10" tall
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I call these urns, but you can call them covered vases, or whatever you want.

"Straws" and Cigarette Holders
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Some more new items using fancy hardwoods. You can sip and smoke in style.

Hickory Flute Champagne
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This goblet is very slender and 9" tall. Too bad most hickory becomes firewood.

Willow turning - 7" tall
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The log had a weird bulbous shape on it, so that became the top of this turning.

Cebil goblet - 9 1/2 inches
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A dense African wood. The trees are small so they don't make good lumber, but great for turning.

Oak Bowl / Box
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A lidded bowl about inches in diameter.

Purple Heart Platters
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This is the natural color of this wood. These platters are 12" in diameter.

Purple Heat Dice with Turquoise inlay.
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OK, they were not done on a lathe. But I thought they were neat.

Canteen
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This was a special order. Make two bowls, glue together, add leather and brass. Easy??

Urns or Jars
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These jars are 12 to 14 inches tall. I made them of walnut and maple.

Rotten Apple
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This turning was made from an apple log that had rotted out in the middle.

Walnut
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Yes, I like working with this wood when I can get a good piece. About 14" in diameter.

Hollow Vessel
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A nice piece made from spalted maple. A hollow vessel, isn't pracitical, but looks nice on a shelf.

Hollow turning of oak and moradillo
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This oak is from a 350 year old tree that came down in a storm. The top supplies contrast.

Walnut Bowl
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This bowl is 15 inches in diameter. It came from a 250 year old tree.

Cork Screw Willow
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Willow trees with all those curly little branches, can also produce wood with curly figure.

Tulip Poplar
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The tree was struck by lightning, but lived, this led to cracks and strange colors.

Juniper Vase
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This wood is very sticky and difficult to finish, but looks nice when done.

Natural edge juniper bowl - 6.5" in diameter
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I really like the contrasting colors in the juniper. The wood is very sticky to turn, but aromatic.

Cherry Turning
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Hollow shape, about 11" in diameter. Some more of that nice spalting.

Walnut Bowl
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About 8" in diameter and about 4" deep. The color is nice and dark from laying on the wet ground.

Jar or Urn
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The wood came from a pile of firewood at a the Mayan Ranch in Texas. No one knew what it was.

Walnut Bowl
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About 8" in diameter, this bowl is from newly cut Walnut. Sap wood is white, the heart wood black.

Ambrosia Maple Vases
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13 inches tall. The ambrosia beetle kills the tree and leaves behind the dark stain. Beetle juice?

Walnut Bowl
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14" in diameter this bowl displays crotch figure(feather grain to Victorians) where 2 branches met.

Willow bowl
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This is another piece of willow burl, but this section didn't develope any spikes.

Covered Bowl or Urn - Whatever you want to call it
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This container is made of cherry, the lid is white ash, the knob is purple heart.

Pine bowl
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I had a pine log, rather soft, but it worked OK. Needed a lot of sanding to get a smooth finish.

Large Elm Burl
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I thought this looked like a brain on a pot. So this is called "Your brain on pot" or just "Brain".

The other side of "Brain"
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Once again, I thought a second picture would give you a better idea of what this piece is like.

Walnut Goblets
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These goblets are 9 to 9 1/2 inches tall. Great for feasting with the "Royals" or the in-laws.

Honey Locust Trophy
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This was a custom order. About 14" tall, this was turned from one solid piece of Honey Locust.

A non-functional art object:

My mother-in-law liked this one and since it came from a piece of her tree, I gave it to her for Christmas.

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Black Walnut Mug
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Walnut has a classic beauty all its own.

Wierd Wood
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A friends father found this in the woods. I turned the outside smooth and left the interna rings.

Natural edge apple bowl - 9" in diameter
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Another interesting piece turned upside down from a regular bowl to create an oval appearance.

Juniper container
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Nice piece made from a juniper root. It is sitting on a birdseye maple platter.
Spalted Maple
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Same log, different design. Spalting adds unique character.
Spalted Maple
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Fourth turning, I hope I find another log like this next year.
Display at home
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My wife grabs some of my better pieces. Here are some displayed in the dining room
Office at my real world job
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I put some of my items on display in the office so people will know what I am talking about.
Beech bowl, Natural Edge
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I used a small crotch where 2 limbs met. This creates interesting figure and color
Leopard Wood Platter
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Also known as Snake Wood - the grain is spotted or scaley depending on what you choose to see
Natural Edge bowl - Cherry
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This is from one side of a crotch in the tree, about 7" across
Natural edge crotch figure - cherry
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This is the other half of the crotch figure that made the bowl above.
Ornamental Plum
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A nice little bowl I made 30 years ago and found recently on a shelf
Small ash plate or saucer
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Another item I made 30 years ago and found recently
Mortar and Pestle
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People asked for these so I used some hard maple and copied a style from some old pictures.
Shallow bowl about 11" in diameter
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Turned from Honey Locust - has some nice crotch figure
7" bowl of Honey Locust
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This wood was moldy so it shows a discoloration or spalting

White Cedar Bowl
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This is not as aromatic as red cedar and is very light in weight.

Maple Mug
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This is from an extremely old tree with lots of spalting and tension or fiddleback grain.

Maple Feasting Goblet - 9 inches
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Another piece of that beautiful old maple. Age and weathering add character to wood and to people.

Oak Bowl
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This is a nice piece of white oak, about 14 inches in diameter.

Cannister - Cedar
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A red cedar cannister, about 10 inches tall. Not for food, maybe cigars for the cedar smell.
Urn, Maple
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A classic urn shape, made from some very old Maple.
Container - Tigrillo
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The striped wood is called Tigrillo. This footed urn is about 8 inches tall.

Box elder burl bowl
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This is from the same tree as the burl on the left.

Natural edge - Thorn Tree
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The thorn tree in our back yard died. The trunk was very convoluted and this was the result.
Bowl
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Another piece of my thorn tree; cracks, bark, gouges, just plain ugly, but that's why I like it.

Oak scoop
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What happens to a mug that splits in half. It might become 2 scoops.

Rotten maple log turning - 10" tall
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This turning didn't split after turning. I like what nature can create.

Apple bowl
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This bowl was turned with the curve of the tree. Quite a difference.

Tulipwood goblet - 9 1/2 inches
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Another beautiful relative of rosewood. I had enough to make a pair of these.

Walnut Goblets
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There's a lot more chance for variety in making goblets. These range from 6" to 8" tall.

Red Cedar turning and vase
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Turning this is great for clearing the sinuses and freshening up the workshop.

Rotten maple log turning - 9" tall
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For this one I didn't turn a raised lip, but rolled the opening into the center.

Osage Orange goblet - 8 inches
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A very pretty wood from America. It was once used by the Osage Indians to make bows.

Walnut Bowl
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Another bowl from that one beautiful log.

Cherry mug
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A nice standard sized mug (14-16 oz.). A small branch added character.

Walnut urn - 11" tall
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Heart wood and sap wood give the urn alternating colors, complete with a knot.

Maple Goblets
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These were turned as a pair for a wedding. They are close to being the same. They are 8 1/2" tall.

Mulberry Urn - 9" tall
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Call it an urn or call it a cookie jar. It depends on what you put in it.

Watch Necklace
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This is a new item made of Cocabolo. The "clock" is 1 inch in diameter, total necklace about 1 1/2.

Oak Goblets
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Oak usually has little figure. I leave bark attached or use knots for visual interest.

White Oak Mug
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Not much grain, but good and sturdy. This has been my personal mug for the last 3 years.

Wenge goblet - 9 1/2 inches
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I put this with some oak, because the grain is similar. The color is black, almost like fumed oak.

Tops
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This is a great use for small pieces of wood and lots of fun for the kid in all of us.

Amboyna Burl Platter
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Another piece from this great looking wood. It is about 12" in diameter.

Willow "chalice" shape - 5" tall
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Red fungus stains and natural gaps in the wood, give this non-functional piece character.

Ash Platter
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About 14" in diameter and 1" deep this one was cut before the Emerald Ash Borer attacked.

Maple Urn
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This is a large urn or covered jar. It is about 15 inches tall.

Walnut - bowl within a bowl
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This was all turned from 1 piece. Chip and dip, anyone?

Cherry Chip and Dip
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I like this shape. It is basically a bowl within a platter made from one half of a cherry crotch.
Cherry chip and dip part 2
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This is the other half of the same log. Both are about 11 inches in diameter.

Juniper Vase
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This one is made from Juniper and includes a lot of bark and natural depressions.

Rotten Apple
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The log was big enough to make 2 of these turnings. This angle shows the rotted out log better.

Natural edge turning - apple
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The rough edge is bark, this is turned upside down from a typical bowl that would follow the grain.

Maple Burl
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This piece of wood came from Canada and went back to the person who supplied the tree.

Walnut - hollow turning
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This walnut grew on my mother-in-law's property. I do visit the in-laws, when motivated.

Walnut turning
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This is some more in-law walnut. I knew there was a reason I got married.

Red Cedar Vases
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These vases are about 14 inches tall. Red Cedar has more character than I expected.

Cherry Bowl
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About 11 inches in diameter this one has some nice spalting that adds character.

Cherry Platter or Shallow Bowl
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The spalted cherry was left neglected on the wood pile for 3 years of rain and squirrel droppings.

Walnut Bowl
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Nice classic shape and about 10" in diameter. A great looking piece of wood.

Bowls - Oak and Russian Olive
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Just some nice little 7" bowls. I like wood with contrasting colors.

Oak Vases
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The large vase is 15" tall, the short one is about 8". Given to the person who brought the wood.

Spikey Willow Burl Turning
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This one looked strange enough, my wife, the Buffy fan, named it "Hellmouth".

Natural top willow turning - 8" tall
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Another non-functional art object. Nice contrast between smoothly finished and rough surfaces.

Walnut Vase
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This vase is about 14" tall. The tree came down compliments of the road commission.

Russian Olive pipe
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I have only made this one, but I am putting aside odd pieces of wood for this Spring.

Walnut spatulas
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Talk about practical, you can stir your stew with style.

Another Spikey Willow Burl
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Just call this one "Hellmouth 2". I did a miniature called "Heckmouth". No picture of that one.

The other side of Hellmouth 2
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Weird wood looks different depending on how you display it. So, I shot a picture of the other side.

Maple Goblets
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These are 8 to 8 1/2 inches tall. Some show the dark streaking caused by the Ambrosia beetle.

Walnut Bowls
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A nice shallow bowl about 14 inches in diameter. Just a very pleasing piece to look at.

Spalted Oak
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Fungus and mold did a nice job of make a plain wood pretty.

Spalted Cherry
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This was a little punky but still turnable. The damage gives it more visual interest.