This beautiful piece of wood was from a piece of Common or European ash from a tree in Sherborne, a market town in northwest Dorset and on the edge of the Blackmore Vale. The ash tree can live to a grand old age of 400 years, even longer if coppiced and is the third most common tree in Britain. The ash sized 16 inches by 5 which Dave turned into a salad bowl and can be seen in the gallery here. Ash is generally found at lower elevations and grows best on base-rich soils.
Dave started turning this beautiful wooden bowl with the stock attatched to a faceplate and the centre in the base for stability whilst the exteria of the bowl was initially cut and made more true. Once the exteria had been initially worked Dave worked on a recess for the faceplate to ensure that this wonderful piece of timber was held firm and he could work the bowl through to completion.