At the Lathe: Preparing Green Wood

Here’s how to take your stock from logs to lathe.
By Judy Ditmer
Pages: 88-91

From the  February 2006 issue #153
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Once upon a time, not so very long ago, I was sitting in my booth at a craft show when a young man came in and began looking at some bowls I’d made. He was clearly quite intrigued, and also seemed a bit puzzled. Finally he held up a bowl he had been examining and asked, “How do you get the edges to curl up like that?”

It wasn’t a silly question from his point of view; wood comes in flat boards, right?

As woodworkers, you of course already know that wood actually comes from trees. However, if you build furniture, shelves, fixtures and the like, you may have experience only with wood that has already been cut into boards. It has probably been dried as well, usually in a kiln, but certainly at least air-dried. It is a far different thing to deal with a log that is freshly cut from a tree and sopping wet.

From the  February 2006 issue #153
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