Cocobolo Bowl(o)

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Project by Doe posted 01-25-2015 03:12 PM 2071 views 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was my husband’s 60th birthday this week and I wanted to make him a special bowl for his spare change. I have a nice piece of walnut that I was planning to use, but this bowl had been sitting around partly completed for a few years. When I was working on it I was really nervous about something going wrong so I set it aside until I was braver about the whole thing.

I made the edge a lot thinner but left it fairly shallow to be able to see the bottom from more angles. There were some cracks that I filled with clear epoxy; I thought that if the wood wanted to have cracks, then I would include them. In hindsight, I should have filled the cracks with wood dust.

I’m happy with the result and my husband is delighted with it. He said that he wouldn’t use it for change though.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#1 posted 01-25-2015 03:13 PM

Sweet!!! Great job.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-25-2015 03:23 PM

Doe, that’s a beautiful cocobowlo. If he’s not gonna put change in it, what will he do with it?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 01-25-2015 03:30 PM

Sweet lookin’ bowl Doe…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#4 posted 01-25-2015 03:40 PM


-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#5 posted 01-25-2015 03:41 PM

Beautiful work Doe…....

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 01-25-2015 03:53 PM

Thanks everyone. I think he’s going to keep it empty, which is nice.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#7 posted 01-25-2015 04:01 PM

Good looking bowl, Doe.
I don’t think I want to mar it by throwing my Loonies and keys in it either.
Really like the bottom, too. Nice job.
The clear epoxy doesn’t detract.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 01-25-2015 04:10 PM

That is a beauty of a bowl!!! Well done.

The epoxy looks good….
Gotta let the wood’s character shine through!!!
The bottom looks good….
Too many people don’t give the bottom much effort!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 01-25-2015 04:21 PM

Awesome Doe, I really like the way the wood grain pops.

-- 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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#10 posted 01-25-2015 04:22 PM

Where is the issue?
A beautiful bowl you made from a piece of walnut and you let it be what it wanted to be and be one special bowl .


-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 01-25-2015 05:02 PM

Georgous looking bowl. Doe. It really shines.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#12 posted 01-25-2015 05:12 PM

That white edge really sets it off, I was so impressed that I lookied at all your projects. Very nice, wi;ll be looking forward to more.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#13 posted 01-25-2015 07:11 PM

WOW..that is a very attractive bowl!!

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

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#14 posted 01-25-2015 07:15 PM


You did a wonderful job and having the sapwood on top is the best choice also. Well done!!!

I have been looking for some nice Cocobolo and either can not afford it or it is so badly broken up I would not turn it so where did you get yours?

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#15 posted 01-25-2015 08:10 PM

That’s an eye catcher Doe, lovely piece

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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