The process of making a bowl from a tree to sitting on a table can be quite lengthy. The trees and tree parts come in all shapes and sizes as well as many species of wood.
Michael’s brother-in-law (Don) takes the logs and makes them into manageable pieces with the sawmill and chainsaw. The pieces are then transported to Michael’s workshop to be placed on a bandsaw for more shaping.
Each piece is them mounted onto the lathe to be turned into a rough thick bowl-like shape. The bowl is then coated with a waxy substance called end-seal to control the drying process of the wood.
The sealed bowls then must be stored for 6 months or more to complete the drying process. After they have dried, the thick bowl-like pieces are turned into bowl shapes. Now the sanding begins, to prepare for the many coats of polyurethane finish. After a couple of weeks sanding and finishing, the pieces requires a two week period of curing before it can be buffed and polished to a glossy shine. Michael then signs each piece that he turns with his initials on the bottom.
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