Walnut bowls

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Project by Steffen posted 06-12-2007 10:00 PM 1649 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a log of walnut while driving through Berkley one day (a guy had a grab box outside of his shop). The log was too small for the use of it’s original owner but too big to cut down in my bandsaw so off to Lowe’s for the gas powered chain driven model! By the way…I love owning a chain saw.

I cut the log in half length wise and then took half to my bandsaw for trimming a couple small bowl blanks (the off-cuts will eventually turn into pen blanks). I rough turned the two small blocks I got and because I was too impatient and wanted to post something on here I used the kiln drying technique of the 1500 watt microwave. I might add I probably should have looked on the internet for directions but if anyone knows me they would know I would stick a block of wood in the mirco, ruin it, then go look for the directions (I try not to use this method for larger items).

I must say the Micro drying process worked pretty well and made my house smell nice to boot. However, I will for future purposes, read some literature on the topic. Like most of my bowls they are finished with oil and wax.

The pen was placed so you could get an idea of the size of them.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#1 posted 06-12-2007 10:04 PM

Those bowls came out nice. Nice combination of sapwood.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 06-12-2007 10:24 PM

Thanks Mot.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#3 posted 06-12-2007 10:26 PM

love the shape and colouring!
Nicely done. Great plan re: drying and then reading

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 06-12-2007 10:38 PM

Nice find…nice bowls and pen.

LOL…I was trying the micro process myself just about an hour ago. I put a small “6” x 3” x 1/4” piece of lilac in and just nuked it on high….I don’t think my wife is going to appreciate the smell of burnt lilac in our kitchen. On the flip side It gave me a quick lesson in wood drying. Most of the steam pouring out of the end grain…you could watch the wood check…..then suddenly, dead center, smoke starts shooting out the face through a very small knot.

It went from interesting experiment to, OMG is this thing going to EXPLODE? I quickly pulled it out (used a pot holder, didn’t need to add injury to insult) and tossed it out on the deck. Smoke/steam was shooting out of this small piece of wood at high pressure for about 30 seconds. Very bizarre…this was a small air dried piece of wood. Still a lot of moisture coming out.

I think I better find the directions for micro drying as well.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 06-13-2007 12:42 AM

Great post and a description of what not to do.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 06-13-2007 01:38 AM

Great bowls. One of you will have to post on Microwave drying once you get it sorted out.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 06-13-2007 03:53 AM

Great looking bowls, I love walnut bowls. they’re my favorite. Nice pen too. jockmike

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

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