Using a knot as a feature

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Project by Bob Collins posted 12-04-2008 12:48 PM 2112 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When turning this piece of Osage Orange I struck a knot and lost a large piece of the wood which at the time had me thinking I had wasted the whole project. I decided to re shape the bowl endevouring to make the knot hole a feature with its bright colour. To add depth I added a rim of the same type of wood.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#1 posted 12-04-2008 02:52 PM

I like the shape of this piece.

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#2 posted 12-04-2008 04:46 PM

bob. i love the color on this bowl and think you did a great job of fixing the knot . way to go.

-- pat,ohio...

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#3 posted 12-08-2008 08:10 PM

I love it when nature’s work is highlighted!! Beautiful piece.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 12-09-2008 02:02 AM

nice save it is a wonderful piece.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#5 posted 01-03-2009 01:09 AM

I think you were wise to save this piece. I think the knot really makes a statement about the character of the bowl.


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

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#6 posted 01-03-2009 02:29 AM

Thanks you all for the above comments. And to think I have discarded some pieces of this wood because of the knotty nature of it. Hope they are still in the to burn pile. Will be more adventurous in future.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#7 posted 01-05-2009 06:34 AM

I hope you ran to that burn pile! Always interesting to see what can be inside a piece of wood…you just never know how beautiful it can turn out to be. The bowl color is beautiful and I love the way the knot took with the stain too. Thanks for sharing!

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#8 posted 01-08-2009 05:50 PM

Beautiful work. Well done.

-- jroot

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#9 posted 01-30-2009 05:07 PM

You can’t beat natures beauty, very nice.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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