Practice Bowl

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Project by PGreene posted 05-27-2009 01:05 AM 1559 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently had two pecan trees sawn into lumber and bowl blanks. I had one really nice piece of crotch to use for bowl blanks that I recently cut into circluar blanks and sealed with anchorseal. I had one small piece that came from that slab and I figured I would go ahead and cut a blank from it. Today I used that small piece to practice on. I have never turned pecan before and I was curious how it would work and finish. I didn’t go with anything elaborate in my design. The goal was to make a simple bowl and test out the wood. The finished product was this 5 inch wide and 3 inch tall bowl. I really like the brown streaks that run through it like birthmarks. I finished it with crystalcoat in the interest of time, but I was really impressed with the wood. It’s hell on your chisels, but most nice hardwoods are. Sanding is a breeze and you can get some gloss on the wood at 400 grit. All in all I’m really happy and I’m looking forward to turning more pecan!

-- Patrick

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#1 posted 05-27-2009 01:11 AM

Beautiful Colors!

I really like the shape.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 05-27-2009 02:54 AM

Pecan is one of my most enjoyable woods. Very stable and wonderful color.

-- Dale

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#3 posted 05-27-2009 02:56 AM

Very nice, every time I see a nice turning like this I see why they say turning can become addictive. The colors contrast is great. I bet you cant wait to get your hands on the bigger pieces.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#4 posted 05-27-2009 03:04 AM

Nice work. We use pecan around here for several applications. Grandpa always loved it, said it would last 100 years if you keep it dry. That is when he was using it for framing. Yes, I said framing lumber.
Enjoy the rest, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#5 posted 05-27-2009 05:13 AM

Beautiful bowl Patrick. I like the coloring.

-- "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." Red Green

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#6 posted 05-27-2009 05:17 AM

That’s a beautiful bowl. Nice practice piece. That’s a keeper!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 05-27-2009 05:19 AM

nice bowl love that wood

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#8 posted 05-27-2009 05:23 AM

WOW, very, very, nice!!!!!!!!!!! I have some Pecan, I’m going to work a bowl myself now… Thanks for the inspiration.

-- OsageWare

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#9 posted 05-27-2009 05:40 AM

Really really nice… I love the grain in the pecan…and wish it grew around here.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#10 posted 05-27-2009 05:51 AM

Wow , the colors are very nice. It is a beautiful piece : )

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

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#11 posted 05-28-2009 12:36 PM

Beautiful turning.

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

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