A Journey: Transforming a log – Part 1

A Maple log in the snow - Dailey Woodworking

A Maple log in the snow

I get asked a lot of questions about what I do with a log. It might be how do you know where to get the best bowl from a log or what are you going to make from that log. So I’ve decided to take you on a little journey and show you all the things that I usually make from a log and how I turn those pieces once I’ve decided what to make.

In the picture above is a Maple log that is a little over 6 feet long and about 23 inches in diameter. The log was delivered to me late last fall but I didn’t get to it right away and paid the price because I had to dig the log out of the snow which was about 30 inches deep at the time of the picture. Normally a log is 8 to 10 feet long when I receive them but I had already cut off a section of the log and started turning bowls from it before I took the picture.

Using a chainsaw, I’m going to cross-cut the log into 4 smaller pieces and then start to work on it from there but that will be in upcoming posts. For now I will leave you with a picture of 3 smaller bowls taken from a larger outside bowl.

Cored out bowls from a section of the Maple log - Dailey Woodworking

Cored out bowls from a section of the Maple log


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