Chuck Hamilton – Spalted Maple Natural Edge Bowl

I have been wanting to turn a natural edge piece for a while. Then, I got my chance when I brought home a piece of spalted maple from a recently felled tree. So, a chunk of a tree found its way onto my lathe. I am turning half of a cylinder, sort of. The wings are formed by putting the bark side to the headstock and the flat side of the half cylinder to the tailstock. Turning the outside surface starts at the tailstock (to be the bowl bottom) and proceeds to the headstock. The wings form and the bowl comes to life. Once finished, you see all the beautiful spalting, inside and out, and the top natural edge of the bowl. The foot underneath gives the bowl the appearance of floating on the table. The bowl is finished with a semi-gloss polyurethane.