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Project by Mark Wilson posted 07-19-2015 12:44 AM 783 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a roughly 11” Diameter. 3’ Deep Bowl. I made it from live (read: wet) Peach. I has stunning Figure and Color. After finishing it, I left it outside for a week or two and observed the changes that take place in such things. Wood moves, you see. It was round when fresh off the Lathe, but over time, it’s taken its own shape through movement – what some call “warpage”. That makes this piece utterly unique. What’s really cool is that it moved without cracking.  A Piece of Its OWN DESIGN . As unique as the tree from which it came. Pics 1&2 are fresh off the lathe; 3&4 are post movement. Beeswax finish.

Ships are safe in harbor. But that’s not what ships are for.

-- Mark





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-19-2015 01:25 AM

Beautiful bowl, Mark. The warp give it character. Nice work….........Jim

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

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BobWemm

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#2 posted 07-19-2015 01:29 AM

WOW!!!
What a gorgeous piece of wood. And so original and unique. You are very lucky that it didn’t crack.
Everytime I use wet fruit wood it cracks.
Love the finish.

Bob

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 07-19-2015 05:03 AM

Great job turning the peach. It does have beautiful grain.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 07-19-2015 05:49 AM



WOW!!!
What a gorgeous piece of wood. And so original and unique. You are very lucky that it didn t crack.
Everytime I use wet fruit wood it cracks.
Love the finish.

Bob

- BobWemm
Left it an inch thick, Bob, intending to thin it up later. Decided not to, for obvious reasons.

.

-- Mark

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Bob Collins

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#5 posted 07-19-2015 07:56 AM

Great looking bowl Mark, you have brought the grains out beautifully with the finish. Made a good decision not the thin it.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Mark Wilson

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#6 posted 07-19-2015 08:27 AM

I still could remount it. But, doggone it, it’s just so fetching.

-- Mark

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Mark Wilson

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#7 posted 07-19-2015 08:27 AM

And the color hasn’t changed a bit, as far as I can tell.

-- Mark

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Tim

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#8 posted 07-19-2015 12:55 PM

That’s so nice. The warp was just right, glad it didn’t crack.

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leafherder

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#9 posted 07-19-2015 02:23 PM

Beautiful bowl! My sister and her husband had a peach tree cut down last year – I may have to raid their wood pile (again). Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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Mark Wilson

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#10 posted 07-19-2015 06:13 PM



Beautiful bowl! My sister and her husband had a peach tree cut down last year – I may have to raid their wood pile (again). Thanks for sharing.

- leafherder


Wood pile? As in firewood? For shaaame. That’s not firewood. It’s nascent art.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 07-19-2015 06:47 PM

Nice turning. Peach is one fruit wood I have not worked with.

Have you ever tried microwaving your “wet” wood? It works quite well and you can avoid the warping. There are a number of internet sites describing several proceedures. I like to use a brown paper bag to “steam” dry the wood in the microwave. Heating the wood until it is almost too hot to touch and letting it cool; repeating until it is dry.

-- Les B, Oregon

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peteg

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#12 posted 07-19-2015 09:30 PM

Nice job mark, it sure has moved a bit, hope it stays in 1 piece
cheers
pete

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

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Mark Wilson

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#13 posted 07-20-2015 01:22 AM



Nice turning. Peach is one fruit wood I have not worked with.

Have you ever tried microwaving your “wet” wood? It works quite well and you can avoid the warping. There are a number of internet sites describing several proceedures. I like to use a brown paper bag to “steam” dry the wood in the microwave. Heating the wood until it is almost too hot to touch and letting it cool; repeating until it is dry.

- LesB


Tried it once. Will get round to trying again some day.

-- Mark

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Mark Wilson

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#14 posted 07-20-2015 01:24 AM

I goota pass along Smitty’s tagline. It’s hysterical.
Don’t anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that.

-- Mark

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Mark Wilson

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#15 posted 01-09-2016 10:02 AM

Six-month update: It still looks like it did.

-- Mark

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