My Bowls come from "Almost Heaven"
We live in the Appalachian Mountains surrounded by beautiful deciduous hardwood forest. I am not out in the woods cutting down trees. I get my materials from storm damaged trees, tree trimmers, and I utilize Cut-Offs from one of the local mills. Gathering good solid materials is a labor intensive process that keeps me young and it's great for my back!
It took about a year to get all the pieces of the supply chain puzzle in place. I do a lot of horse trading greasing and relationship building in the process, cause the better we all do, the better we all do!
So, everybody's happy, and I've got a load of wood... Lets start cutting.
Once it's in the door I take it to the bandsaw and make it mostly round, usually. I cut thick slabs and half rounds on the bandsaw in preparation for the lathe.