The Shaping of a Wood Turning

The bowls made at EntWood Turnings come from a section of log that has been taken from a wind-blown or otherwise downed tree with permission from the landowner.

The log section can range anywhere up to 36 inches in diameter and length. A log section is surveyed for grain patterns and cut and shaped with a chain saw and then a band saw.

The wood is then “rough shaped” into a bowl on the wood lathe. A single large block of wood can have up to 6 bowls of sequentially smaller diameter cut out of it. Placed in a plastic bag in a greenhouse, each green bowl now dries for about 3 weeks. The plastic bag is inverted each day to release moisture slowly from the bowl, reducing wood checking or cracking.

Each bowl is then placed in a hot dry storage room for a few days until it is needed for sanding. The signature feet of the bowls and platters of EntWood Turnings are shaped. If a bowl is to be coloured, the stain is applied now.

Each bowl is then hand sanded up to 6 times with a layer of inert acrylic applied between each sanding. Sequential grits of sandpaper up to 400 grit are used in the process. Upon completion of sanding, each piece is then buffed with rubbing compound and a buffing wheel giving EntWood Turnings products their signature high gloss finish.

Each unique piece is signed and the type of wood and the location where it grew is also added to the bottom of the bowl.