Gorgeous burr sycamore bowls...

23 November 2015, New work, Would you like to leave a comment?

I’ve just removed these blanks from the drying kiln, as they are now ready to be completed. Turned from a burr sycamore tree I retrieved in 2013, they’re certainly impressive and feature some gorgeous swirly patterns…

The image below shows the largest one on the lathe. The bark was a little scuffed in places, from when the tree was felled. Due to this, I’ve spent a bit of time removing it - this makes for a much cleaner appearance and highlights the distinctive spikes. The two smaller blanks have a near perfect covering of bark, which will be a feature of the finished bowls…


Three pieces oiled up and finished. They will soon be appearing in the natural edge section of my gallery…


Jonathan Leech

Written by Jonathan Leech

Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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    Richard28 November 2015 22:40

    Jonathon, as always your work is beautiful. Have you thought about leaving a thicker rim to maintain as much of that burl edge? Keep the bowl itself thin like above just with a more pronounced rim.

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    Jonathan Leech29 November 2015 08:55

    Hi Richard, I'm so pleased you like the bowls. I've turned them a little thicker in the past, although I thought they looked a bit too rustic - possibly due to all the extra bark. However, I have an oak burr which has no bark on at all, so may turn this with a more pronounced rim. It's drying at the moment, but I'll post some photo's when it being made.

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