One of the things I love about turning bowls is that I cut all of my turning stock right from the raw salvaged tree.
This means I determine where in the tree each bowl sits.
It's a giant guessing game that gives me an understanding into how each tree develops. By the time I'm done roughing a trees worth of bowls I can't help but feel like I really got the know the tree.
After a few months or more of drying it's back to those rough bowls and I'm back learning more about my old friend. It's a deep experience...one that I work hard to show in each of my bowls.
Back to the picture: chainsaws. These are my three main gas saws: 170, 360, and 066. I'm loving my new electric saw but I'll save that for a future post. The 170 is new and for Limburger and carving little pieces off of bowl blanks. The 360 Pro is almost 15 years old and at this point probably cut 100 cords of wood and countless holes for pilings and our underground thru-forest power. The 066 is 20+ years old and I'm the fourth owner. Runs like crazy and rips through wood like a beast with great finesse.