Guy at work had a sweet gum taken down (tired of the burrs) and shockingly no one wanted any for fire wood (ok maybe not that shocking, ever tried to split that stuff )
24" bar on the chainsaw for scale
The largish pile of shavings was from chainsawing 3 of the blocks in half.
So far I've turned two rough outs from it (about 16" across and 6-8" tall), turns pretty good, although it is indeed a bit like taking a shower while turning it (keeps you cool at least ). Ended up with 3 wheelbarrow loads of curlies from that - the yard will be well mulched soon and they I guess time to start in on the neighbors
After getting through the first two bowls I ordered a new Thompson 5/8" V gouge. Should be here maybe by the end of the week