My lathe journeys. #47: ... few more bowls for the sale

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 04-08-2016 01:34 AM 1487 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 46: ... new rack for the lathe tools. Part 47 of My lathe journeys. series Part 48: ... Results from the Arts & Craps Fair this weekend »

So tomorrow I’m heading across the state to join my daughter who has got a booth at an “Arts-N-Craps” fair. I’ll be bringing a few more birdhouses and 7 or 8 bowls with me to add to the inventory. These are what I’ve finished in the past few months.
Realized I had another piece of cedar log and I got 4 more pieces out of it.


This one is black gum. About 8.5” across and 5” high. Where you see the dip in the rim is almost paper thin. This piece flew off the lathe twice and the 3rd time I remounted it up it was off center a bit.


Somebody gave me a short hunk of eucalyptus and boy did my shop smell sweet while I was turning it!
When I hit the bark with my sander this bright orange-red color came out. It’s quite pretty.


And again I tried to leave some of the chainsaw wounds on the end for texture.



Last April fellow LJ Arlin Eastman and I did a “Wood swap”. I sent him some cedar and pecan and he sent me a ginormous solid piece of black walnut. It was 12”X12”X 6”. It’s been sitting on the shelf for almost a year and my first thought was to try and slice it up and make several bowls. But it had some pretty deep splits in it and I was afraid if I cut it, I would lose some of it.

I finally decided to make a single large bowl from it. Over the past 6 months I have forced about 20 tubes of Superglue into the cracks and splits, even had to use some dark wood dust in a few spots as filler.

And this is what I ended up with. I tried to save as much of the piece as I could. I left the top “rim” almost square, and made “handles” at the corners. I didn’t cut it as deep as I probably should have. It’s a heavy sucker and I’m really proud of how it looks. I used a whole can of rattle-can spray lacquer on just this one bowl. Probably 25 or 30 coats are on it.



The bark fell off so I just used my sander to kind of smooth over where the bark had been.




Insert the usual disclaimer here. Comments, critiques always welcomed. And thank for checking out my stuff :-)

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#1 posted 04-08-2016 01:42 AM

You have some wild looking bowls there Joe. I wish for a successful selling spree. You should have no problem.
If I lived close by I would join you.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 04-08-2016 01:43 AM

Those all are mighty fine Joe.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 04-08-2016 02:01 AM

Love the walnut turned out really great!
I’ve never done any thing but prepared wood that is glued up but those free form turnings really stand out may have to give it a try.

Joe I saw this and thought you might find it interesting.

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#4 posted 04-08-2016 05:00 AM

Very nice, Joe. Did it really get any shinier, or deeper, after about, oh, the eighth or ninth coat (the Walnut). I’m just asking.Really. Serious question. I use Shellac or WOP all the time. That’s what I find with them. Never used Lacquer.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 04-08-2016 06:04 AM

Loooks very great Joe. Hope for you and your daugher it will be a good fair.


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#6 posted 04-08-2016 07:38 AM

Super nice Joe…. almost makes me want a wood lathe??!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#7 posted 04-08-2016 11:14 AM

Ok so I understand your going to carry all hthos goodies on your big bike?

Are you gong to pop into Marks place on the way?

In the first five what have you coated the inside with

Lets hope you return with full pockets and empty hands.

-- Regards Robert

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#8 posted 04-09-2016 01:30 PM

Nice Variety Joe, interesting shapes , well done. Keep em’ coming !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#9 posted 04-09-2016 08:18 PM

Love the color on those cedar ones, Joe.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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