The piece of wood I have used here was a bit of wood that you would have thought was only good enough for firewood.It is about 7 inches long and the finished bowls are one and a half inches thick.
The first pics show how I carefully cut the wood through the centre and then removed the side branches by running it through the bandsaw against the fence.
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A spigot was then turned on both blanks ready to hold in the chuck.
A recess could have been used instead of a spigot and then left or removed.My concern with using a recess is that the outward pressure could have split the blanks.
The two blanks now have spigots ready to remount and turn the bowls.
Both both bowls are sanded with the Hope pro sanding tool.
The inside of the bowl is sanded with the 2" arbour and the flat area with the 3"
After removing the spigot the base is scraped flat with a heavy scraper then sanded with the Hope pro sander.
The ends are sanded on a sanding disk and they are then treated with a finishing oil.
A pair of nice bowls from a log that looked like it would only make firewood.
Thank you for looking.