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mickt014

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Hi gents,

been asked to produce 3 bowls for nibbles. Can anyone recommend what hard wearing and durable wood would be best.

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Any fruit wood, beech but not yew as it is poisonous and not good for your health :mrgreen: Walnut also has a lovely grain or lelandii. Believe it or not leylandii, when it's good and dry, turns beautifully, has a lovely grain and takes a really good finish. See below

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What sort of size? I would go for cherry if i could. It's a lovely wood with a beautiful grain. I have made several small ones from cherry branches, just 3" diameter. I cut the branch down the middle and turned one from each half. When they are put top to top it shows exactly what the branch looked like. I use them to put me nuts in when I'm watching the haunted fish tank (TV to you) :shock:
 

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Jonzjob":1lqkf2ts said:
Any fruit wood, beech but not yew as it is poisonous and not good for your health :mrgreen: Walnut also has a lovely grain or lelandii. Believe it or not leylandii, when it's good and dry, turns beautifully, has a lovely grain and takes a really good finish. See below



What sort of size? I would go for cherry if i could. It's a lovely wood with a beautiful grain. I have made several small ones from cherry branches, just 3" diameter. I cut the branch down the middle and turned one from each half. When they are put top to top it shows exactly what the branch looked like. I use them to put me nuts in when I'm watching the haunted fish tank (TV to you) :shock:

They are beautiful.

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Jonzjob":1s41x8rh said:
Any fruit wood, beech but not yew as it is poisonous and not good for your health :mrgreen: :
I'm not sure about that, but that's the trouble with the internet, discerning fact from myth.
I've read that all yew is poisonous but only if ingested & that UK yew is the least poisonous.
If you follow Chas's threads, he produces numerous yew bowls & hasn't reported any casualties amongst the recipients.
 

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I have to admit that I had my doubts about that Robo and agree that the web is often a web of myth. Yew is one of my favorites to turn and I too have turned a good number of bowls and dishes from iy, but I have stopped at doing so for things like babies rattles though.

I suppose that in this day and age it's called covering the bit that one sits on :)
 

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Apologies to Mick for taking over his thread.

Yes, I love turning yew too.

Never turned a rattle but it makes sense not to make anything from yew that is likely to be put in the mouth. Perhaps I should stop licking my bowls clean. :)
 

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