Steve Dell Woodturning
Bowls Gallery
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Mulberry natural edge 20 x 4  
B864Redwood pyrographed pattern 12 x 4 B799Wych Elm 12 x 4 B770Cherry 12 x 3 B787Sycamore carved rim            12 x 2 B883Wych Elm natural edge 12 x 10 x 4 B832Walnut kitchen worktop 16 x 9 2 B830Spalted Beech 13 x 3 B829Sycamore with green decorated rim 12 x 2 B839Brown oak B785Mulberry natural edge 10 x 4 B873Elm with textured & pyrographed rim 10 x 2 B872Sycamore with green spirit stain11x3 B901Oak with pyrographed rim 13 x 2 B908Chestnut Burr with holes  12 x 4 B920Cherry natural edge 11x3 B928Chestnut Burr 12x4 B848Mulberry natural edge 14 x 6 B862

Care of your Wooden Bowl or Vase
The care and handling of a wooden bowl or vase should be the same as that for all quality wooden furniture. Take some precaution as to the humidity in the air and avoid direct sunlight for extended periods. A dry environment can cause cracking so keep them away from woodstoves and radiators and try to avoid any drastic climate changes. Avoid the use of spray furniture polishes and other cleaning products.  The nice shine of the piece may also be dulled by contact with water. Once dulled, it cannot easily be returned to the shine it had when you first received it. As with all wooden furniture it may darken over time, though this may be reduced to some degree by keeping it out of direct sunlight. 
The finish used on most of the pieces I make is three coats of Danish oil, each of which is allowed to dry overnight and then buffed on high speed wheels using three different compounds (Tripoli, White Diamond and finally a microcrystalline wax). With the coloured pieces, either spirit stain or acrylic paints have been used followed by several coats of clear acrylic lacquer for durability. Both of these finishes should be cared for in the same way, if you do need to use a wax I would recommend the microcrystalline  of which I am aware of two brands, Renaissance and Chestnut, both of which are excellent and available from most good outlets. However, all that should be needed to maintain the finish is a light buff with a soft dry cloth.

Turning wood into art

Yew 16 x 4 B935