Large beetle-kill bowl

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Project by HTS posted 09-29-2014 02:07 AM 1648 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Large bowl. Ponderosa Pine

-- HT, Denver, Colorado

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#1 posted 09-29-2014 03:02 AM

Wow, it’s spectacular!

-- Smitty

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#2 posted 09-29-2014 04:06 AM

That really is quite extraordinary coloration! Nicely executed!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 09-29-2014 10:27 AM

That just jumps right out at you. Lovely piece.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#4 posted 09-29-2014 11:34 AM

Great bowl, and the antler stand is a natural.

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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#5 posted 09-29-2014 12:59 PM

Great color and finish on that one for sure!!!

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#6 posted 09-29-2014 01:19 PM


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#7 posted 09-29-2014 02:42 PM

Wow ! The sunburst was there all the time. You uncovered and showcased it nicely.

(What species of pine is that? I’ve got a lot of sugar pine that’s similar but nothing as dramatic.)

-- Groveland, CA.

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#8 posted 09-29-2014 03:00 PM

Did you stabilize the wood with any epoxy before or during the turning? I have always experienced alot of tearout when turning such soft woods. Are you willing to share what tools you used to create such a flawless piece?

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#9 posted 09-29-2014 03:31 PM

I was wondering what kind of finish that you used? Any details would be helpful for this woodworker!

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#10 posted 09-29-2014 06:50 PM

Really nice.

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#11 posted 09-29-2014 07:09 PM

Very nice…I’m a great “Blue Pine” lover. This is an awesome piece of work. Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Flying MLB *** A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

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#12 posted 09-29-2014 11:28 PM

Thanks for all the great comments everyone. This piece was pure luck! This is another piece from the same tree that the other bowls and the table I posted came from. A big Ponderosa Pine.

It just has a wipe-on Gloss Polyurethane finish.

Yes, it is soft wood, was a bit of a challenge and I did have a couple of tear-out episodes that created a couple of tense moments. I was using a Sorby Sovereign system with carbide cutters, as opposed to classic tools. I am a relative “newbie” and have yet to learn sharpening techniques. I did not do any “stabilization” before starting into it.

That sunburst was the bonus, but being a knot all the way through made the tear-out potential much higher, since I was continually going from soft to hard and back again. Just took it very slow all the way through.

The Antler was the beginning of this whole project. My son had given me a couple to use for some pen turning and my wife grabbed that one and told me to make a bowl for her that would be cradled in it…so she gets the credit for the overall “look”!

Sorry for the upside down pic. It looks like all the others on my PC, yet rotates when uploaded. Strange.

-- HT, Denver, Colorado

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