I have a friend who mentioned that he liked Cherry as a wood once he knew that I made wood bowls. I bought a set of four kiln dried Cherry bowl blanks from the guys at Got Wood? in South Carolina. Their quality is always excellent and the blanks are pre-cut to round as well. I figured I would make one or two for my friend and still have some extras for other interested people.
Two of the blanks were 7″ x 2″ and two were 9″ x 2″. While not deep they are a nice size round.
Cherry is one of my all-time favorite turning woods. It cuts cleanly and easily, it smells delicious when cut, and it takes a very fine sanded surface with a nice medium luster. It finishes beautifully with a Watco oil finish that penetrates and hardens over time, making the bowl more durable to wear.
Bowl # 1:
This bowl is 7″ x 2″. It was a dream to make, taking just about an hour from start to finish. The Cherry cut so easily and cleanly that it was a pleasure to work with it.
Bowl 2 is incredibly similar to Bowl 1 which isn’t that surprising since they are the same wood and the same size. I didn’t notice any difference in the experience of turning number 2 compared to turning number 1.
This platter, or shallow bowl, is much the same as the previous except that it is 9″ in diameter instead of 7″. This piece has a small bit of sapwood on the edge which makes it interesting with the color contrast.
The fourth and final of the Black Cherry bowls is practically a twin to the the third bowl, being of the same dimensions and having a sliver of sapwood. This one also has a slight bark inclusion in the bottom of the piece as well to lend it distinction from the third piece.