Crafted Siberian Elm Wood Bowl

On November 18, 2019, Keith Ruttan of KC’s Woodcraft presented the DHGCTS with a wonderful gift. Mr. Ruttan and several other members of the Fraser Valley Wood Turners Guild, received trunk rounds of the Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila) which failed July 30, 2018 in Darts Hill Garden Park. Mr. Rutan, an expert crafter, created a beautiful piece of functional art in the form of a massive bowl which was received on behalf of the Society by Chair Susan Murray. Next time you are in Darts House, take a look at this fine work of art. First, a basic shape was created by Mr. Ruttan using the coring method. After 8 months of air drying time the rough piece was then precisely turned to make the bowl. Fourteen coats of finishing material were applied and sanded down to almost nothing each time to achieve the final silky smooth finish. Keith Ruttan can be reached at [email protected] for more information about wood turning and the Fraser Valley Wood Turners Guild.