Spalted Hackberry Bowl

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Project by MauBow posted 04-08-2009 04:14 PM 1846 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While cleaning up the shop a few weeks ago I found a buried crotch log that my dad gave me last year. I cut it in half and turned this with one side. 11” wide and 4” tall. Finish is danish oil.

Comments/critques please.

-- If it wasn't for misplacing things, my shop would never get cleaned up.

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#1 posted 04-08-2009 04:30 PM

Looks almost like you sprayed it in army camoflage. Very nice turning.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 04-08-2009 05:02 PM

Great job…sure is beautiful. Lots of color.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 04-08-2009 05:09 PM

Beautiful spalted hackberry. Nice finish.
Were you scared to turn the wall/lip thinner than that? Is it very soft wood?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 04-08-2009 05:10 PM

thats a cool wood, where do i get some o that? It looks like a more vivid spalted maple. nicely done!

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#5 posted 04-08-2009 05:12 PM

Thanks for the comments!

Woodworm, No I wasn’t scared…I just prefer heavier bowls, especially when the wood has crazy figure or spalting. It does decrease the pucker factor though!

Waldschrat…the hackberry is from a ditch in Kansas close to my parents house. My parents lived in Germany for a few years…if they get back there I’ll have them take some of the hackberry. ;)

-- If it wasn't for misplacing things, my shop would never get cleaned up.

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#6 posted 04-08-2009 05:30 PM

Nice bowl I really like it simple and good grain ,well done

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#7 posted 04-08-2009 06:18 PM

Beautiful bowl love that grain. Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 04-08-2009 09:35 PM

Beautiful piece of wood and a good turning to show the patterns. Thanks for posting it for us to see.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#9 posted 04-08-2009 10:03 PM

thanks sounds great! I will have a couple of large cold beers waiting when or if they can come!

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#10 posted 04-09-2009 01:44 AM

Wood is so amazing what you’ll find.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#11 posted 04-09-2009 02:17 AM

Love Hackberry, nice way to let the grain show.

-- Dale

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#12 posted 04-09-2009 06:26 AM

I’m glad that you didn’t turn away all of that beautiful grain ! The “bowl” is making its own statement and doesn’t need to lose any more weight : ) Great job !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 07-02-2009 02:23 PM

I have been turning some spalted Hackberry and it is really beautiful. I am working on a square bowl right now and will post it when it’s done.
Looks like you did a great job!

-- Kelly in Canton

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