The last large piece from a karree stump I obtained some years ago and the most challenging bowl I have ever attempted. Much of the wood was decayed or had disappeared through veld fire etc. Turning speed was slow (500 rpm max) because it was unbalanced and light tool pressure necessary because of the many voids. A very sharp edge was needed at all times and I used Blackline cutting inserts for shaping the outside and hollowing. I wore gloves and a Stihl hard hat with facemask when turning. One section came adrift but was reattached using two blackwood inserts. All sanding was by hand off the lathe and the outer surface has been bleached while the inside coloured with a diluted black dye to give contrast to the bowl. The bowl measures 30 x 20 cm and well over 60 hours was spent working on it.