A few years ago, we had a very large yard tree taken down. It was rotten through the center, to the ground. My mate George and I spent two summers harvesting all the wood by hand, meaning a small electric home chainsaw and axes. George bought several new wedges before those stumps were converted to firewood. What I managed to save for turning took a long time to stabilize and dry, but it makes some beautiful turning wood. A little stringy, and takes some care with sharp tools and light cuts, but after sanding it polishes up well and shows a lot of character. I now have several pieces sitting around waiting for me to turn, and we have one whopping big firewood pile!
The bowl shown is about 7" high and 5" in diameter.
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