Wood from the Shii Tree Bowl
I'm saying Wood from the Shii Tree, because what you would usually say is Shiinnoki which is Shii (the name of the tree) No (of) Ki (Tree) so often in English we say Shiinoki tree, or Shiinoki wood, which is like saying Oak Wood Wood....
In English it is Castanopsis, commonly called chinquapin or chinkapin, personally I've never heard of it.
It is in the same family as the Beech.
This wood is a LOT lighter than beech and much softer too.
yeah OK it's been a while since I turned some bowls....
I got the foot trued up enough to mount it.
The bowl had moved a ton, I had to take it down thinner than I would have liked, but it turned out OK, there was a LOT of tearout, especially where the hard knots were.
Sanded to only #220, this will be a daily use bowl, not a show piece.
I used my coconut oil/bees wax mix to finish it, I really like this finish for daily use bowls, easy to make, easy to apply and easy to reapply.
Some interesting color I guess, turned out well I think, nice to know I remember which end of a bowl gouge to hold onto.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward