Purpleheart Bowl

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Project by Ron King posted 10-24-2014 03:23 PM 904 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this bowl from Oak, Purple Heart, Yellow Heart, and Osage Orange. I like the first picture, but the blue towel the bowl was sitting on caused a reflection on the lower half of the bowl-so I added a couple more shots that have less reflection. I intended to make the rim and vertical strips out of Yellow Heart, but after gluing it up I realized I had used Osage Orange for the strips instead of Yellow heart. (the difference is hard to see) Anyway-I have had mixed reviews from my family on this piece…due to the variety of wood colors. It was an experiment really, and while I do like it-I will probably not repeat this color scheme.

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#1 posted 10-24-2014 09:20 PM

That’s quite the bowl, looks a bit like a goblet. I wonder if you could drink from it. The shape and segments are very nice.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#2 posted 10-24-2014 11:34 PM

that is beautiful, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 10-25-2014 10:56 AM

Wow, this is awesome. Great job and love the contrasting of the wood

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 10-25-2014 12:40 PM

I think a person could drink out of it if they wanted to. I used spar urehane for the finish because it has UV blockers in it and Purple Heart tends to brown over the years with exposure to the UV rays.

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#5 posted 10-26-2014 12:04 AM

Outstanding work! I love purpleheart in turned projects.

-- Jason R.

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