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Came across an old tree out back that has 4 good size burls on it. I am wanting to make bowls but dont have a lathe to turn it on and have never done anything like this before. I sure could use some advice/instruction from you good people, this is something I really want to try. I do have various hand tools.
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We have a lot of spruce & birch with burls. I made  few small bowls from them, I just use a knife and gouge to hollow them out. To flatten the bottom I use  disk sander. I've seen one's that were hollowed out using hot coals to burn the center then cleaned out with a knife.
 
                                              
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  Thank you so much sounds do-able, I am anxious to get started.
Bev
 
                                              
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  One more thing, what do you use to coat the bowl when finished? Olive oil /varnish of some sort?
 
                                              
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Found it, tung or linseed oil, varnish?? What was i thinkin??
 
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An extremely old-fashioned method is to use hot coals to hollow out wooden bowls and spoons. This requires some patience and careful attention, but less capital equipment.
 
                                              
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  Coals, cool. Thank You all for your suggestions. This is one of many things I have wanted to try.
 
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mustangsally17 wrote:
Found it, tung or linseed oil, varnish?? What was i thinkin??



Be careful of what quality of these oils you use.  Many of them contain polymerization accelerators that aren't food safe.  How will the bowls be used?  If for salads then perhaps use walnut oil.  It will need reapplication but is food safe.  Also this question has been discussed in depth on many woodworking forums.  I can recommend;

http://www.thewows.com/

Membership is free and the woodworking knowledge is phenomenal.

Enjoy!
 
                                              
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Thank You I will check out the site.
Bev
 
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