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Project by John posted 10-13-2015 05:58 PM 808 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year my neighbour pruned his California Lilac bush to death. He offered me the stump/root. I was very doubtful about the prospects. I cut four small blanks out of it. To my surprise I like it. The wood has orange colour in it, a first for me. The bigger bowl is 5” by 2 3/4”, the smaller 4 1/2” by 3”.

This is also my first attempt at wipe on poly. Thanks for the tips Mark. The other bowl has a salad bowl finish, much easier to photograph.

One went to my neighbour, one is in Saskatoon, and I have these two, the poly one I’m keeping.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.





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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 10-13-2015 06:30 PM

That’s fantastic, John. One of the first things I put on my lathe when I got it was (are you ready for this?) Hibiscus. One of my favorite things, ever, is my Rose Fist (from a dead Rose Tree). Podacarpus (a shrub) makes some striking wood. Lilac? I’d never have thunk it. This is full of movement. Your finish seems impeccable. Did you brush it on/rub it out? I find that photographing shiny thing at night allows one to control the reflections. But, really, there’s nothing wrong with your pictures. They show it off well. I putting this in my Favorites.

-- Mark

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#2 posted 10-13-2015 10:42 PM

Amazing work and that shine, Wow! Love the this Lilac wood, I would have never thought that Lilac could be used in this way. Also I have never used wipe on poly, but now I must give it a try. I “like Mark” would like to know how you applied and worked with the poly. Super nice job on this.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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John

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#3 posted 10-14-2015 12:11 AM

Thanks Mark and Tony, doing something for the first time is always a challenge. Tony, I asked Mark how to do this, he gave me lots of info and steered me to a video. I think I also searched LumberJock’s and a forum topic on this came up. I passed your photography compliments and suggestions on to my daughter.

After sanding I applied BLO. When it was dry I wiped poly (blue paper towel was handy for me) on the inside and rim. I repeated this every 12 hours (9am & 9pm) if I was home. I did get dust or paper causing little bumps I could feel with my hand. I tried knocking them off with different things and have settled on 600 grit paper. I did the outside next. I don’t finish anything on the lathe. Maybe someday. I’ve almost finished a Black Walnut bowl the same way. Next one I’m going to try seal or condition the wood so it doesn’t require as many coats. Also I think you should buy ready to use Poly for your first time, mix it when you have some experience. Hope that helps you Tony.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 10-14-2015 03:22 AM

Thank you for the info John, I’m always looking to improve my finishing techniques. I find a good sanding sealer is huge help to seal the wood. I find Behlen makes some of the highest quality products.
Again, your work is fabulous!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#5 posted 10-14-2015 04:29 AM

John, that is an absolutely beautiful piece of wood. You were so lucky to find it and turn it into a work of pur3 beauty. Good job my friend!!

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John

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#6 posted 10-14-2015 05:14 AM

Thanks Bob, hope you are enjoying your retirement in Oregon, it’s not that far from here. Turned any Myrtlewood?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#7 posted 10-14-2015 06:01 AM

I love everything about these bowls.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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BigJon

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#8 posted 10-14-2015 12:08 PM

Awesome piece! I have been a big fan of wipe on poly for awhile now. Especially when used over a oil finish like BLO. The oil can really deepen some woods and the poly is easy to achieve a repeatable shiny gloss and can be dulled down to your liking. Well done I love it

-- Im bleeding, go get my super glue and roll of black tape....

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#9 posted 10-14-2015 03:32 PM

Very pretty wood. Sort of reminds me of Manzanitia.

-- John, Brentwood, CA

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#10 posted 10-14-2015 03:37 PM

Those look fantastic!
Who knew what lurks in the wood, you did a good job bringing the beauty out!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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DCooksey

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#11 posted 10-14-2015 05:44 PM

That wood is simply gorgeous. Great job giving it form and function.

-- There are rarely any mistakes made in turning, but there are a lot of on-the-fly design modifications!

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John

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#12 posted 10-14-2015 06:46 PM

Thanks to all of you, hope you enjoy the next one.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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Mark Wilson

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#13 posted 10-14-2015 07:07 PM

Normal people look at a tree/shrub/bush and think Pretty tree. Woodsmiths think I wonder what’s in there.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 10-14-2015 07:14 PM

Beautiful piece of timber there John, man you got some finish on it, very nicely done
pete

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

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