Name that wood....part 3

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Jan 21, 2005
S. Lanarkshire
The grain, etc., look like holly, just that the colour looks more like apple or pear wood.

I have bowls that are literally less than 2mm thick at their edges, and even now and they must be at least eighty years old, they are sound and crisp.
One of bird's eye maple comes to mind. It belonged to my Grandmother and she'd been given it as a present from her Mother. That Grannie died nearly sixty years ago, and I have no idea when her Mum died before that.
So, the bowl is old, but very sound.
What did they do back then to stabilise timber apart from leaving it to season thoroughly?


Bushcrafter through and through
Nov 29, 2003
I find it hard to believe that shallow bowl is holly. The thickness has to be done in stages = rough out turning then dry for a year+ then finish. Might be the only one of 20 which didn't crack.

The entire genus of holly species (Ilex sp) have snow white wood. English Holly (Ilex aquifolium) is a common plantation here in southern BC, valued for it's density as axle shaft bearings in corrosive atmospheres where steel fails (pulp mill digesters).
Plenty of turning is done as green wood straight to a thin finish.

Robson Valley

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Nov 24, 2014
McBride, BC
Here in the Pacific Northwest, First Nations carvers keep their alder masks soaking wet until nearly finished. The very act of thinning relieves a lot of the shrinkage stresses. That's why you see cracks in poles, etc but not in dishes and masks.

Wood turner aquaintance, "Spinner," can make a one piece cowboy Stetson hat with no cracks.
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Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)
Nov 16, 2019
Vantaa, Finland
Hmmm... Yes, like a bowl shape has more degrees of freedom available to change shape and not crack when drying causes differential strains.

Robson Valley

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Nov 24, 2014
McBride, BC
I've never used a lathe to carve a dish. Blocks of western red cedar, yellow cedar and birch. I have a Tlingit dish design book, but until I settle down and put another crooked knife and another adze together, it ain't gonna happen.

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