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My first Box Elder Bowl

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Project by jbrinkman posted 1933 days ago 1330 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 - http://blog.theaccidentalgeek.com





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rikkor

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#1 posted 1933 days ago

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

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jbrinkman

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#2 posted 1933 days ago

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 - http://blog.theaccidentalgeek.com

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woodworm

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#3 posted 1933 days ago

Really very beautiful piece!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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trifern

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#4 posted 1933 days ago

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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Napaman

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#5 posted 1933 days ago

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

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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hObOmOnk

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#6 posted 1933 days ago

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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jbrinkman

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#7 posted 1933 days ago

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 - http://blog.theaccidentalgeek.com

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hairy

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#8 posted 1932 days ago

Good job !

-- brown shoes don't make it...

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jeffthewoodwacker

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#9 posted 1932 days ago

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 www.tnwoodturners.org/symposium 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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Blake

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#10 posted 1932 days ago

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

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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LSJ

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#11 posted 1850 days ago

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

-- I like to turn

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