If you think of an end grain bowl being placed on a tree stump, that would give you a pretty good image of how this bowl came out of the tree. Difficult to pull off in larger pieces and pieces that include the pith (center axis of the tree) as splitting becomes more likely than with small pieces, but the results can be spectacular, especially with live edge pieces. I prefer to turn such bowls while they’re still green (more or less fresh cut wood) and then soak them in boiled linseed oil as soon as they’ve lost their surface moisture. This technique has led to great success in reducing splits and as the oil replaces the water in the wood, the bowl ends up with extra heft.

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