Ficus Bowl #3

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 09-12-2015 05:48 AM 773 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s some more of that amazing Ficus. This piece shows what happens when one cuts a thin lid on a hot, humid day. It warps. Ergo: I think it looks best with the lid just a little ajar. I finished this strictly by polishing the bare naked wood and giving it a good BLO soaking and polishing some more. I haven’t yet decided whether to top it with anything. I probably will when it starts going all muddy-looking. For now, I like the look.
The phinal photo is the bowl I didn’t get to make, for lack of a workable coring solution.
About the finial. The base thereof is made from seven pieces of wood – two Fiddleback Walnut, four Ambrosia Maple, made into a frame so’s to show the Ambrosia figure all the way around, and the actual finial is Figured Birch, my very last piece of it. Here’s kinda what that process looked like.

I was hoping the color from the Walnut wouldn’t migrate quite so much into the Maple. At least it didn’t completely overwhelm it.

Oh. And something I recently added to my lathe tool arsenal.

It gets the wobble out of a wacky piece of timber pretty well. I just sculpt the wobbly parts off. So much easier than a chisel. A littl equiter that a chainsaw.

-- Mark

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-12-2015 12:22 PM

That sure is s pretty piece, Mark! where do you find Ficus wood?


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

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#2 posted 09-12-2015 01:45 PM

Neat idea with the hand held planer.

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

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#3 posted 09-12-2015 03:10 PM

Awesome shape! You have been bussy lately.Nice turnings.

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#4 posted 09-12-2015 06:42 PM

Hmmmm, I have one o’ them Makita planers. Never thought ‘bout usin’ it fer this! Thanks!

Oh yeah, nice bowl !

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#5 posted 09-12-2015 06:57 PM

I really like the wood of which I never heard of and the shape of the bowl too.

The finial seems really thick and top heavy is the only thing that strikes me.

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Mark Wilson

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#6 posted 09-12-2015 09:24 PM

Jim, Ficus trees are the Industrial Shade Tree of choice around here. They shade everything from parking lots to residential streets. When them start destroying sidewalks with their enormous root systems and buttressed trunks, they get cut down. One got cut down a few blocks from here earlier this year. I got a lot of it. It’s seasoning really well. And becoming one of the most beautiful woods I’ve found.
The chainsaw is also, sometimes, an effective lathe tool.
I wrinkled your brain, Joe. That’s rare.
Ivan and Arlin, thank you.

-- Mark

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