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Project by Bill posted 05-04-2014 02:15 PM 1941 views 9 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This ash bowl cracked in four different places before it was even finished, so I made it an experimental bowl. All the patterns began as doodling, and slowly morphed into some kind of crazy tribal tattoo. I had intended to completely blacken the inside of the bowl with a torch, but I noticed that the grain lines blackened very quickly and made that cool black and tan effect. I think I have a new favorite bowl.

12 inches across and finished with walnut oil and beeswax.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 05-04-2014 02:26 PM

Wow, nice job.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 05-04-2014 02:52 PM

Really grabs you. I like this a lot.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#3 posted 05-04-2014 03:03 PM

That’s definitely an eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 05-04-2014 03:09 PM

A work of art! Crazy good.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 05-04-2014 03:20 PM

I think you are right, it is my new favorite bowl also. Fantastic craftsmanship.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 05-04-2014 03:40 PM

Extremely cool work. You bring out the best that the wood has to offer.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 05-04-2014 03:41 PM

All I can say is Creative Genius, Bill !!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a great looking bowl and such a super way to recover!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..........................cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 05-04-2014 03:49 PM

That’s cool, looks like a turtle shell.

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#9 posted 05-04-2014 03:49 PM

Fire Good !

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

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#10 posted 05-04-2014 04:02 PM

That is really a WOW bowl. Nice job.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#11 posted 05-04-2014 04:24 PM

Cool! I just love stuff like this… no particular pattern or predetermined design, just do what looks right at the time and the result is truly a piece of the artist. That’s a really handsome bowl.

-- There are three types of people in this world... those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened.

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#12 posted 05-04-2014 05:08 PM

Extremely unique and very pretty!

Where is the popcorn?

I have used a “torch effect” for several decades on some things! Yes, it can “pop” a grain pattern right out!

-- just rjR

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#13 posted 05-04-2014 09:24 PM

You sure come up with some amazing things and ideas. Guess your brain is turbo charged and in overdrive.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#14 posted 05-04-2014 11:57 PM

Yep, That’s the coolest bowl I’ve ever seen!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 05-05-2014 12:46 AM

Very nice!

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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