I have been trying to turn a bowl. I'm pretty sure this is my fifth first bowl after the others suffered one unkind fate or another in turning. Those were some pretty difficult designs for a beginner and less than friendly woods. I got some soaking wet cherry that was a tree last week and decided that it was time to quit making excuses and make a bowl. Nothing fancy or super thin, just something round and hollow with a little luck. This is the result. A slight taper towards the top, not obvious in the photo. Fairly thick walls and the design is heavy and clunky looking. About five and a half inches wide, should finish about four inches tall. Ought to make a lid for it and make it my first lidded box, not a bad idea although a little late to match the grain. Whatever I do with it, I'll have to turn a lollipop in the morning to be able to hold it and clean up the bottom.
This is roughed in after it showed some signs of splitting. I'll see how round it is in the morning. Might slice and dice on it a little more if it held shape well, if not I'll sand some more. I was able to start with twelve grit sandpaper and have it smoothed down to sixty grit then I put a little mineral oil and followed that with the butcher block oil. I'm going to have to get something to finish with if any of this stuff starts looking like a finished bowl.
Here it is , hopefully!