Rather snowy in Strid Wood today. Despite that I managed to keep warm hewing an 18″ bowl for a client. (A couple of syrup tin potatoes and hotted up soup helped too.)
I’m using sycamore that is from the current felling. It is surprisingly hard and I broke the handle of the maul (again!) splitting it out of the log. The bowl cutting came along pretty good. The shape is based on a seed, possibly a grain.
The figure in the wood is pleasing as well, sycamore can be quite plain sometimes.
After getting the inside about right I had a massive amount of hewing on the outside to get it shaped up. I was having to remove clothing, but nothing too racy – left me hat on. I think the floor must have risen about another 1/2 inch again. Just after I’ve had a good rake out as well.
I’m leaving the front and back ends thick for now as they are taking a lot of the force of the hewing as I rest the bowl on end on the chopping block. Still some to go.
I think so far it’s going to work out well though. Here it is outside to kill the green cast I get under my tarp.
I’m keeping it wet as possible, I don’t look forward to working this baby dry! May pause felling tomorrow to get it finished.