After turning a couple, I was having trouble getting this one to turn out the way I wanted it. So I took another cut, but alas I went too deep in the center and cut through the bottom. I liked the shape, but I didn’t like the hole through the center. I set it aside and worked on other things.
An idea for that hole in the center began intruding in my thoughts. I pushed it aside a couple of times before deciding I had nothing to lose except the time. So I used the sharp point of a skew chisel and cut the hole back to wood that was a little more than 1/8 inch thick. I turned a spindle from another cottonwood branch that had a shoulder larger than the hole while the diameter of the spindle provided a snug fit in the hole. I shaped the rest of the spindle as pictured, leaving a knob on the end to hold onto and glued it into place.
After giving the bowl and handle a walnut oil finish, I decided I liked the results. I then turned to the other bowls I had turned and gave them similar treatment, with one added dimension. I will post about that in a future post.