Natural Edge Grafted Cherry

A good friend gave me some cherry wood to turn. I cut and rough turned several pieces from the rounds and put them away for drying. About a month and a half later, she requested a natural edge bowl from one of the rounds but the rouged blanks would need much more drying time. Several months after that I moved and could not find these roughed blanks. I finally came across them and recently surprised her with this one.

Here you can clearly see the demarcation between the two parts of the grafted tree. The growth rings are continuous from one side to the other. Isn’t nature grand?

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It’s approximately 11″ at the widest point and 4″ high at the high points. The bark is firmly attached and needed no gluing.

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The foot is just about 4″ in diameter.

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Finished with Minwax Antique Oil and 9 coats of Minwax Wipe-on-Poly sanded between each coat with progressively finer sandpaper. The last part of the finishing process is Conservator’s wax, hand buffed after applying it with 0000 steel wool and a very light touch.

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