Vol XV #254 – Meggen’s Monday

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Tail lights on Main Street, Sunday Night

6:00 am ~ 36° ~ Fair ~ Wind: Southwest at 5 mph ~ Humidity:83%
Sunrise is at 8:07 am ~ Ave. Low is 26° ~ Record Low is 0° (1991)
3:30 pm. ~ 45° ~ Cloudy ~ Wind: South at 6 mph~ Humidity:81%
Sunset is at 5:01 pm ~ Ave. High is 37° ~ Record High is 65° (2001) 
Moonphase: Waning Crescent ~ Pressure: 30.15 in ~ Dew Point: 34° ~ Visibility: 7 Miles
Daylight: 8 Hrs, 54Mns

Forecast for 12/08/2015 – Cloudy, High: 44° F- Low: 40° F

Vol XV #253 - Good Old Summertime
Vol XV #255 - Misty Bridge Views
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David Watt with hardwood logs to be turned into bowls, like the ones stacked. Each is marked “Felled August 2, 2015”

We have a mild and gray Monday today. At Mr. Burnham’s request, we are featuring photos of bowls turned from trees downed during the August 2 storm. Members of the Northwestern Michigan Woodturners Club are turning these bowls from sections of hardwood trees that fell that day, as a way for neighbors and those in the community to commemorate their beloved old trees. The Leelanau Enterprise covered this story on October 22. The woodturners are volunteering their time and skills; those receiving bowls are asked to make a contribution to the “Re-Arbor Glen Arbor” fund.

A special note: some woodturners wait until the wood is dry before turning; this allows for production of a perfectly symmetrical bowl. The ones in the photos here were turned “green” – soon enough after the trees fell, that the wood dried after being turned. This results in organic, artistic shapes. “These are your trees,” says David Watt (pictured), and the bowls take on the shape of the tree as they dry. 

Full disclosure: most people call him David Watt; I call him Dad. We took the bowls outside to celebrate the summery weather over the weekend!


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Wood bowls from August 2 hardwoods. Sleeping Bear Bay.


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Jeff in Paw Paw
Jeff in Paw Paw
6 years ago

A wonderful way to remember the trees. Great story.

Shirley Fredrickson Ches
Shirley Fredrickson Ches
6 years ago

WHATa wonderful thing to do. Your Dad, and the other artisans are to be congratulated for such a terrific idea. My late aunt, Jeanne Fredrickson, had such a bowl by one of the local artists. It may have been produced by your dad – don’t know. It was the most gorgeous thing I’ve had the joy to touch – smoother than silk. Love your photos, Megan – so glad the Burnham site features your work too.

Judy in Grand Blanc
Judy in Grand Blanc
6 years ago

The bowls are beautiful Meggen, is there a way for me to purchase one?

Robert Ozias
Robert Ozias
6 years ago

I was in Elk Rapids on August 2nd in a rental cottage watching while 75 mph winds blew all of the lawn furniture into the woods. I would also like to purchase one of the bowls if possible.

6 years ago

So….where can these cool bowls be procured?

Tryna Loos
6 years ago

AThe bowls are beautiful !!