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!