Five New Bocote Bowls

I have worked with and reported on Bocote in both spindle and bowl formats in the past so I won’t repeat that information here.

Bocote 4.5 x 2

This set of 5 bowls in the largest single batch of Bocote that I have worked with and I was quite pleased with it.  Bocote continues to be easy to turn and easy to clean up and prepare for the final finish.  I continued to use Abranet screens for the minimal sanding required because this highly oily wood gums up regular sandpaper in a matter of seconds.

Bocote 5 x 2

I would be happy to work with more Bocote in the future and in fact I got a bulk deal on 18 blanks from West Penn Hardwoods not long ago.

Bocote 5.5 x 2

Those blanks are currently drying in the shop and I look forward to the time when they are seasoned and ready to turn.

Bocote 5.5 x 3

I’d give it about five years, so no rush!

Bocote 6 x 3

All major cuts were made using the Easy Wood Tool system on my Robust American Beauty lathe, although I do use Robert Sorby bowl gouges for light final passes before sanding.  Forward chucking was in a Nova Chuck, while reverse chucking was done using a Nova Chuck with Cole Jaws.  Sanding was with Abranet screens from Craft Supplies USA.  Final finish is Shellawax.

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