Things to know

I use some lingo in the descriptions that may or not be familiar.

Fit — usually refers to lidded vessels and I categorize them as follows:

  • Snap Fit – Audible snap heard when opening and closing – this takes two hands to open
  • Pop Fit – Audible pop heard when opening and closing – more of a vacuum than the snap fit. Also a 2 hander
  • Loose fit – just lift the top off with one hand.
  • Wood being wood as it is tends to shrink and expand. If a lid gets stuck you may need to pop in the microwave for a few seconds. On the other hand, over time the pop and snap fits may loosen up just a bit.

Thickness — bowls and vessels lend themselves to different thickness which are usually determined by how hard the wood is, the types of inclusions or just my mood when I am turning.

Inclusions — sometimes bark or knots (or even foreign objects) may be included in the wood while turning. Sometimes they may be added later in the process.

¬†Size — width is measured at the widest point (unless otherwise noted) and height includes any lids and finials which may be present.

Spalting is any form of wood coloration caused by fungi. Although primarily found in dead trees, spalting can also occur under stressed tree conditions or even in living trees. Although spalting can cause weight loss and strength loss in the wood, the unique coloration and patterns of spalted wood are sought after by woodworkers.

Punk or punky wood is a soft, rotted area, usually in the center of a tree or log. This condition is usually caused by fungal infection, and may not be easy to identify from the outside.

A burl  is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is commonly found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on a tree trunk or branch that is filled with small knots from dormant buds.

Crotch Wood — Wood that is located directly under the fork of a tree limb. When sawn parallel to the piths, a magnificent crotch feather figure is revealed. Crotch figure is among the most prized of all wood figure in the woodturning world.

Natural Edge – when the irregular surface of the wood is left showing — sometimes including bark or other inclusions.

Also worth knowing – the read more link on the post usually just leads to more views of the piece. I sometimes throw in more information, but usually not. Still worth clicking to see the other views.

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