Although labeled Red Gum, I am quite certain that the first bowl is actually spalted Sycamore given that Sycamore has very pronounced and distinctive ray fleck patterns that are quite pronounced in this piece. As is usual with Sycamore, it cut easily and sanded quickly.
The second bowl of the day is a total unknown mystery wood. I am sure it was labelled at some point but in the process of storage and moving that label was lost. The wood cut cleanly and quickly so that was a nice plus. There is a slight degree of spalting present as well. The wood is dense but not particular hard. It turned quite beautifully. All I know with reasonable certainty is that this is a North American species. Any ideas or suggestions are appreciated.
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 Gold and Green Wave sanding discs from Packard Woodworks. Final finish is Shellawax.
As always, I wish all my readers a great experience in whatever your wood working interests happen to be and to those who like working with lathes especially, do a good turn today!