My first Box Elder Bowl

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Project by jbrinkman posted 01-02-2009 06:59 PM 1716 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first project using Box Elder and I must say that I really love the vibrant colors. I have a light coating of blonde shellac which added some warmth to the piece. This bowl is inspired by some recent pieces I saw during a turning demo from Jimmy Clewes.

I picked up this piece of BoxElder at the annual North Coast Woodturners auction. Some of my best pieces of wood have come from these auctions, and since the proceeds go to help the woodturning club, I don’t mind the cost so much.

-- Joe Brinkman, Ohio -

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#1 posted 01-02-2009 07:02 PM

That is just luscious. Nice job on the finish, too.

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#2 posted 01-02-2009 07:17 PM

I am actually thinking of overlaying some analine dye to “capture” the colors and hide any fading which I am told will occur. Jimmy Clewes mentioned that this is a trick he uses.

-- Joe Brinkman, Ohio -

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#3 posted 01-02-2009 07:59 PM

Really very beautiful piece!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 01-02-2009 08:24 PM

Nice looking wood and bowl. I would love to watch Jimmy someday. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 01-02-2009 09:31 PM

very cool…WELCOME TO LJ’s…the wood looks a bit like tulip wood…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 01-02-2009 09:42 PM

Great looking piece.

I live in a rural area in Kentucky, along the primitive Licking River. Our valley is full of wild Box Elder. I’m not a turner, but I gather and save interesting pieces of BE for trading and sharing with other artisans.

-- 温故知新

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#7 posted 01-02-2009 10:54 PM

Matt – One of the unique aspects of Box Elder is that it can develop these red colored streaks through the wood. This is the first specimen I have seen that also included brown streaks as well. The pictures don’t really do the piece justice.

-- Joe Brinkman, Ohio -

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#8 posted 01-03-2009 12:23 AM

Good job !

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#9 posted 01-03-2009 12:44 AM

Very nice piece of box elder. The red streaks really make it pop. You have done a nice job of capturing what Jimmy Clewes does in his video. Jimmy Clewes will be in Nashville January 23-24 for the Tennessee Association of Woodturners symposium. Anyone interested in seeing him go to or send me a pm.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#10 posted 01-03-2009 06:55 PM

That wood is beautiful. It looks like marble at first glance.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 03-26-2009 04:15 AM

Great project, now I have to find a new tree.

-- I like to turn

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