I often wonder what would happen if things happened differently. Lets say that my son had not heard the chainsaw…or if I had not decided to check out what was going on.  These root balls would have been thrown in the landfill. It does make me wonder what other kinds of wooden gold is lying decaying in the bottom of the landfill.  Things happen for a reason I suppose. I am thankful that certain things happen though.  These Yew vessels certainly have been worth the fight. Worth all the cleaning off with a high pressure nozzle on the end of garden hose. Worth all stopping of the lathe to clean out the dirt and rocks in the small voids. Worth all the sharpening of the tools every 2 minutes. Is this what they call a labor of love?

In all of their fiery glory...looks like one tough crew.

So far this dude is King of the Yew vessels but there might be a upstart to try and dethrone him!

You can really see and imagine how every branch grew out of the root ball in this view.

Love that purple...and thank you to the iron being present in the soil for making it happen.

If you look at the void long enough you can probably see a picture there.

If I remember correctly this dude was extremely cantankerous while he was dealt with. He warmed up to it though.


3 responses to “ReYews…

  1. This stuff is unreal. Also, how’d you get in there and hollow them out, especially the places where it seems to be all end grain? Must’ve been a hell of a process. Was the gouge curved, or was it just a straight one?

    • Hi Ethan, Thank you so much for your kudos. Great questions…the process is not too bad(having said that I have been doing it for a while now). You are correct, the root balls were pretty much end grain, but they were very very wet. So the wood was actually pretty easy to turn. I turned them to final thickness and shape and left them to dry out. It was summertime so they dried pretty quickly given there thickness(or lack there of). Then put back on the lathe for sanding. What I will probably do here in a bit is post about the hollowing out process in more detail. I.E. how I shape them, drilling the pilot hole, and hollowing. The tools are hooked or curved hollowing tools with cutting tips. I enjoy the process immensely. Once again thanks for the questions and take care and talk to you soon.


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