Red Oak Hollow

Woodturning, a joyful hobby making round things out of wood

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A very special piece, this dish was turned from the end of a walnut board which had been in the family of a close friend for many years.


When the father-in-law of one of my co-workers passed away, he left behind a number of pieces of wood which he had not been able to make into anything by the time of his death. The family wanted to have something special by which to remember him and provided me with this board, about 14" long and 7" wide. The most interesting feature is the sapwood around the end, which I wanted to preserve. I turned this piece so that it has a round foot on the bottom and curves up at each end. It was a real pleasure being able to make something special like that from a piece of this gentleman's wood collection.

I invite your attention to Special Turnings in this web site which speaks to the idea of preserving memories of special trees through the making of a keepsake from the wood. As you can see, I can also do that from other pieces of wood.