I'm planning to head home in about a week to go take care of my wife after she has knee surgery, and I expect to get some shop time in while I'm there. Because of this, I figured I needed to get off my duff and post a few pics of pieces I turned when I went home back in July.
This is a piece of English walnut (or at least I think that's what it was) that Jim Burr sent me last year before I headed to NM. It sat in my shop for 7+ months, and even though it was waxed, it checked pretty badly. Since it was gift wood, I would have felt guilty just throwing it away, so cinched up my Kevlar knickers and decided to see what I could make from it. Wasn't sure if it'd survive the ride, but in the end, it did. It's about 8" in diameter, finished with Formby's Tung Oil Finish and Renaissance wax.
Since it won't hold soup, I brought it to the office intending to use it as a candy dish, but within a week's time, one of the software engineers here asked if I wanted to sell it. I told him that since the wood was a gift, I was planning to keep it for myself. A few days later, his wife happened to be at the office and she saw the bowl and fell in love with it. When he told her he'd tried to buy it and it wasn't for sale, I could see she was disappointed. The next day, I took the bowl into his office, handed it to him, and told him to surprise his wife with it. (I figured Jim would approve.) She was blown away, and insisted on cooking me a huge (and delicious) Pakistani dinner. I got three meals out of it.