Red Alder Bowls

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Project by John posted 10-13-2015 01:23 AM 1038 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made bowls out of three pieces of Red Alder a friend game me that were on his fire wood pile. One went back to him, the Yarn Bowl went to my Mother-in-law, and the third I kept as my sample of RA. All three bowls were about 10” by 4”. My hands were dyed red by the wet wood and I noticed lines in the wood that you could mistake for cracks in the pictures.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#1 posted 10-13-2015 02:14 AM

That’s a real nice conversion from the wood pile John, :)
never heard of Red Alder down our way, looks a bit like a type of cedar,
rekon you’ve pleased the MIL, your friend & the man in the mirror

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

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#2 posted 10-13-2015 07:39 AM

John, those lines, I think, are pressure lines that develop in softer woods. Kind of like wrinkles in humans. I notice them often in many of the woods I use. They add intrigue to the piece. And, it’s funny how, once you realize they’re not cracks, they become eminently preservable design elements.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 10-13-2015 04:52 PM

Hi Mark, I’ve made bowls from 11 types of local woods now, I’ll be watching for the lines in any new types I get. Maybe I’ll find a way to incorporate them into a design.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 10-14-2015 02:27 PM

I like the cut you made for the yarn bowl. My mom wants a yarn bowl and I was planning on turning one for her and giving it to her for Christmas this year, but of coarse, I am not a knitter, so I have no idea what a yarn bowl is or what is is used for. I like your example and I will probably adopt something similar. Thanks for sharing.

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