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Project by Stonekettle posted 09-16-2014 03:55 AM 3147 views 10 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Alaskan birch bowl, turned, then carved to resemble foaming whitewater. When creating these pieces I typically make the salmon from birch burl. On a whim and because I had the material on hand, I made these from redheart. Each fish is carved individually, they are all unique. The bowl itself was a major major pain to turn, it took about a year between green turning, drying, finish turning, and carving. It’s cut from the center of a crotch where the main trunk and a smaller trunk had been forced together and had later merged into a single piece of wood. The grain goes in every direction, there are cracks, four large heartwood knots, and several bark intrusions. But those things are features, not defects, and they’re what makes the wood interesting.

It’s about 14” in diameter.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station





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#1 posted 09-16-2014 04:14 AM

Stunning !!

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#2 posted 09-16-2014 04:18 AM

Can can only say what has already been said, stunning!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#3 posted 09-16-2014 04:50 AM

Beautiful work. It is an amazing piece of craftsmanship, beautiful wood, and real piece of art.

Thanks for sharing some pictures with us.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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#4 posted 09-16-2014 06:36 AM

Jim,

What an incredibly beautiful piece! It certainly looks like a year’s work!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#5 posted 09-16-2014 07:28 AM

That is some pretty fancy carving Jim !!

-- Regards Robert

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#6 posted 09-16-2014 08:16 AM

Inspiring work ! You have great Talent & Vision A truly Beautiful piece of Art Well Done ::

-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#7 posted 09-16-2014 09:21 AM

Wow, that is a work of art…..

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

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#8 posted 09-16-2014 11:43 AM

a stunner!

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#9 posted 09-16-2014 12:52 PM

Wonderful! I can feel the cold waters

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#10 posted 09-16-2014 12:53 PM

That my friend is…............awsume!!!!

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#11 posted 09-16-2014 02:36 PM

what a magnificent piece, i love this, being from alaska i can really appreciate this birch piece the amount of work is well worth the outcome.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Roman - THE BOOTMAN

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#12 posted 09-16-2014 02:44 PM

Time well spent! This work will inspire and delight forever. Roman

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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Roman - THE BOOTMAN

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#13 posted 09-16-2014 03:00 PM

Time well spent! This work will inspire and delight forever. Roman

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#14 posted 09-16-2014 03:34 PM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#15 posted 09-16-2014 03:57 PM

Beautiful piece…. how do you attach the fish?

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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