Maple Bowl with Legs

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Project by jbrinkman posted 1866 days ago 1574 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

All of my past projects have primarily been simple bowls made from a single block of wood. In this piece I wanted to start exploring the use of several wood species. Another change in this piece is that I first built a computer model of what I wanted my design to look like. This gave me a template to work from and allowed me to preview the design to make sure I liked it before I actually started working on the piece.

In the gallery pictures you can see the progression from computer model through to the finished piece which was entered at the North Coast WoodTurners and Buckeye Woodworkers and Woodturners annual Woodturning Competition and exhibition.

The bowl was created from a piece of curly, spalted maple that also was riddled with worm holes on one side. Cleaning out the worm holes was a very labor intensive process, but well worth the effort. Overall, I am satisfied with the piece. There are several design elements that I will change for future iterations and I definitely still need some work on my finish. But as long as I keep growing with each project, then I am happy.

-- Joe Brinkman, Ohio -

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#1 posted 1866 days ago


That’s a unique design for a bowl …. very interesting and nicely done. What software do you use to create your computer models? Where in Ohio are you located?


-- Handcrafted by RJ Paquin - Ohio

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#2 posted 1866 days ago

very cool, i like the legs a lot, i would love to make one of these,if you get a chance could you drop us a little instruction on how you did it.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#3 posted 1866 days ago

Very interesting piece. It looks like it is sitting in a gallery of some kind. Excellent piece.

-- "Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing." - Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 1866 days ago

Very nice….a great way to make just another bowl not just another bowl (if that makes sence)

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#5 posted 1866 days ago

Ray – I am located in Medina Ohio, just south of Cleveland. I use Sketchup and the templates from to handle the computer modeling. My Beginner’s Corner article in the June issue of the North Coast Woodturners newsletter discusses several options for computer modeling including my use of Sketchup.

-- Joe Brinkman, Ohio -

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#6 posted 1866 days ago

Great design and well done. The worm holes really add to it.

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#7 posted 1866 days ago

very unique design great work well done

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#8 posted 1866 days ago

that’s neat. kinda looks like the burner on a gas range:)

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#9 posted 1865 days ago

I like how used the lines on the bowl to draw your eyes to the legs… Ray

-- A world without wood is chaos

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#10 posted 1850 days ago

Such a cool design

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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