Saturday, December 15, 2012

Persimmon - Post 1 of 3

July 2012
Logs from a recently-cut Persimmon tree that died of old age.
(estimated at just over 100 year old) 
These were given to me by a local attorney
as a commission / challenge:
"Maybe you can make some candlesticks
or something else functional."
(The tree came from his grandparents' farm,
which has now been restored as his family's country house.)
The logs were cut with a chainsaw into short sections
roughly 12 inches long and half of the original 12" diameter. 
Using a bandsaw, the short sections
were then rough cut into round blanks. 
The rough round blanks were
turned on the lathe into bowl blanks.
  The turned bowl blanks were treated for bugs,
then prepared for drying.
The air drying process took 4 months. 
It should be noted that Persimmon is a very challenging wood
to work with because of its tendency to crack during the drying process. 
For this reason, bowls made of Persimmon are uncommon. 

December 2012
(see next post for more about these pieces)


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