Yew bowls in the making...

31 January 2016, Woodturning in practice, Would you like to leave a comment?

Here’s some photo’s of my latest rough turning session. I like to process all my timber during the winter months, so there is little risk of cracking. The top image shows my first batch of blanks, cut out and ready for mounting on the lathe. At last I’ve got some yew, which is completely free from shakes! Although not huge pieces, they really are top quality.

The first three pieces, ready to be roughed out. They’re quite wet so should be nice to turn…


A selection of pre turned blanks. I could turn yew every day and never tire – there are so many interesting shapes! I’ll be tackling the largest ones next week and posting plenty of photo’s…


Jonathan Leech

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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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  1. Gravatar of Chris Crowder
    Chris Crowder15 February 2016 09:23

    Hello again Jonathan,
    I hope to pick some yew logs up myself later this week, so I am reading your blog with interest!
    How do you cut out those clear circles through the bark side before turning?
    I also wondered if you might put a 'Subscribe by email' feature here, or send these posts via your newsletter feed?
    It would be a shame not to pick up on them as they are produced...

  2. Gravatar of Jonathan Leech
    Jonathan Leech15 February 2016 21:25

    Hi Chris,
    It's great you've got some yew coming in - as you can probably guess, it's one of my favourite timbers!

    Regarding the blanks, I tend to make one flat cut with the chainsaw, whilst the log is in the desired position. I use this as a base and then mark out a circle with a compass and chalk. To be honest, this is just a guide for the rough turning and those circles are far from round if viewed close up!

    I'll soon be sending my newsletter out on facebook, so hopefully this should provide a quicker update. It makes sense to add a subscribe feature to the blog as well - I'll certainly look into doing this.

    All the best

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