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Sycamore Bowl

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Project by parkprimus posted 09-16-2015 06:09 PM 672 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Sycamore bowl that I made a few days ago.
I have been doing some experimentation with different woods and sycamore is not my favorite. I am enjoying cherry and walnut the most.

This bowl is far from perfect – the walls are not symmetrical –
This was green wood – I roughed it – threw it in the microwave for a few minutes – warped pretty bad

Perfect symmetry was not the real exercise for this bowl. I can deal with the fact that green wood will warp, I am not going to have perfectly round bowls and I am fine with that. I am fine with the nature of things.

The real exercise was the finish. This has been finished with several layers of shellac to fill the pours and the top coat is lacquer. I think the finish turned out pretty good.





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Derek Oliver

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#1 posted 09-16-2015 07:21 PM

Walnut being one of you favorites suprises me. I’ve always had problems with tearout on walnut more than most woods. Mabye it’s just me though.

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parkprimus

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#2 posted 09-16-2015 08:10 PM



Walnut being one of you favorites suprises me. I ve always had problems with tearout on walnut more than most woods. Mabye it s just me though.

- Derek Oliver

I am still pretty new to turning – so my opinion of it may change the more I learn.

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#3 posted 09-16-2015 08:43 PM

Well it looks like you are off to a great start. Look foward to seeing your projects as you progress.

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#4 posted 09-17-2015 05:50 AM

Looks good to me, can’t tell it’s out of round. I like the looks of the wood, the brown streak really makes the bowl unique. The finish does look good.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#5 posted 09-17-2015 06:16 AM

I think it looks good. A few years ago I experimented with Chinese elm which is generally turned green, I never did get it right. I have had a lot of success making utensils out of sycamore though.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#6 posted 12-02-2015 11:30 AM

I’m fully on board with what you’re doing! I tried turning and finishing a bowl from a freshly cut log to see what would happen long term. Sadly, I destroyed it, but I’ll try again. It’s how we learn.

BTW, don’t let anyone trash talk walnut … it’s my favorite, too! ;)

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