How do we get from this

Where we start

To this.......

Finished piece

First Step

Logs are cut to length and split in half to eliminate the pith area which tends to crack

Next

Round blanks are cut on the band saw. This reduces wood that would have to be turned and helps balance the blank.

And Then

The blank is mounted on the lathe, trued up and the outside shape turned.

And Now To The Inside

The blank is reversed and mounted back on the lathe so the inside can be rough turned.

The Process Continues

Watch the chips fly as the inside enlarges to match the outside shape.

Rough Turning Completed

The rough turned piece will be put aside to dry for a few months and then turned to completion.