Set of Four Small Bowls

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 10-27-2015 03:28 AM 632 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this set of four small bowl-like things some time ago, from a branch of Chinese Elm.
The stick, with the first bowl turned, but not finished.

The stick with the first bowl finished.

I don’t know where I got it, except for out-of-the-back-of-my-pickup. The trees are ubiquitous in these burbs. They’re street trees. I want more. The pieces are very small – just upwards of, mebees, three inches long. But, oh, that wood. They’re finished in straight Shellac.

-- Mark

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Bob Collins

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#1 posted 10-27-2015 04:13 AM

Very nice wood Mark. I have a row of Chinese Elms along the back of my property (8 trees) and might have to trim some branches off them. Great work on the bowls.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#2 posted 10-27-2015 04:46 AM

Great colours in the wood Mark! Now I’m wondering where you display all your works of art.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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Mark Wilson

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#3 posted 10-27-2015 06:10 AM

Bob, be sure to introduce some of it to your lathe. It’s truly striking wood.
John, every horizontal surface in the house is just about covered. There are two or three boxes-full in the dungeon. It’s all for sale.

-- Mark

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 10-27-2015 10:44 AM

Very nice natural bowls, Mark!!

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

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Mark Wilson

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#5 posted 10-27-2015 11:12 AM

Thanks, Jim.

-- Mark

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Yuval Eitan

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#6 posted 10-27-2015 11:49 AM

Wonderful wood! Very nice utilization of this branch. I really like the bowls. Shellac is a great finish, I like it.
Great job, Mark!

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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#7 posted 10-27-2015 12:40 PM

Amazing wood! You need to become buddies with the town arborist.

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

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#8 posted 10-27-2015 01:03 PM

Very creative. Always fun time when working on the lathe.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 10-27-2015 01:06 PM

I love these, Mark. They have a wonderful character and the wood is beautiful. This set will become a great conversation piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Mark Wilson

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#10 posted 10-27-2015 09:02 PM

Thanks. I just noticed how dark the photos are. I made these a couple years ago, before I really started getting my digital sea legs, particularly in post-processing. I should re-photograph these. Someday. My apologies.

-- Mark

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