Ficus Lidded Bowl

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 10-27-2015 11:02 AM 1167 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mounting and Balancing

The Bowl is Ficus. The Lid, I believe, is Mahogany. Repurposed from an old napkin holder. The dowels that remain visible were the part of said napkin holder that sticks up to hold the napkins.

And, finished finishing, and, ready to take out of the chuck.


-- Mark

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#1 posted 10-27-2015 11:24 AM

Nice machinery, nice photos. The woods and bowl shape look beautiful.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 10-27-2015 12:29 PM

Great looking project, Mark!

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

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Yuval Eitan

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#3 posted 10-27-2015 12:37 PM

looks somewhat Japanese..
I like the shape, the scorching, the way the lid sits below the rim.
the ficus is somewhst darker then what I’m used to. Probably sat in your workshop several years and waited to become this.
Power planer? what did you use that for?
The lid has what appear to be dowels in it? ?
What size is it? At first glance it looks smallish, 4-5in. But the half-log seems larger.
You’re being very fertile. And we surely enjoy it.

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

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

That is a beautiful project, Mark, and those photos are all interesting. Thanks for the post.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 10-27-2015 02:58 PM

My phone was buzzzzing with a whole group of your projects. It says this project was posted at 4:02 am, Guess you work night and day and be retired or independately wealthy, to produce all these wonderful projects and the documentation is very interesting. How do you post all the step by step pictures? All I can figure out to do is the six at the top. My new computer should maybe arrive today and will have to take a day and go through all your projects. Interesting that you can make something fantastic that most of us would throw away.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 10-27-2015 03:11 PM

Nice job on it, Mark. It “turned” out great!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#7 posted 10-27-2015 04:17 PM

Now that is an elaborate lidded bowl! Nice finish as well.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#8 posted 10-27-2015 04:55 PM

Excellent turning Mark. Lots of nice details and a great shape too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 10-27-2015 06:44 PM

Great job Mark, I really like that shape and the recessed lid.
Thanks for sharing this.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#10 posted 10-27-2015 07:34 PM

Great pictorial representation Mark and nice result.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Mark Wilson

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#11 posted 10-27-2015 08:19 PM

Thank you all. It means the world to me.
Yuval, the tree was cut down just less than six months ago. he wood I brought home sits on a concrete slab out back. As it dried, it shrunk and cracked badly. The darker color was probably cause by the BLO. I love this wood. As I’ve pointed out before, it was soaking wet and about as interesting as a soggy paper towel. As it’s dried, the fibers have compressed such that it now has a very interesting figure. The blank, if you want to call it that, was about 11” X 12”, and about 8” thick, and not round. Well, sir, you know there’s nothing in that equation that wants to spin very nicely at all. The planer is what I use, after mounting, to shave of a little her, a little there, til the Shopsmith stops bouncing enough for me to hold a tool to it. I sometimes resort to the chainsaw for that. In this case, I used both – the latter to cut the corners off and make it clear the lathe tubes (it was too big), and the former to obtain enough balance to at least get a chuck tenon turned. You can see in the second montage how I use the lathe a vise. The finished size is nearly 9” in diameter and 6+” tall. The wall is quite thick, due to the limitations of my hollowing tools. I did a pretty good job of getting up under the lip, so, I think it qualifies as a hollow form. Oh. And thanks for noticing the scorching. I forgot to mention that. That was new to me. I made a garret from the wire off the back of a painting and a couple dowels. Wow! The heat. The smoke.
Brian, look for a PM. You’ve rattled my photography cage.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 10-27-2015 08:39 PM

well done mark, looks like a great finish

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

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Mark Wilson

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#13 posted 10-27-2015 08:45 PM

Thank, Pete.

-- Mark

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Bob Collins

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#14 posted 10-27-2015 11:08 PM

Looking good Mark, nice turning and a great finish. Well done.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Mark Wilson

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#15 posted 10-27-2015 11:50 PM

Thanks, Bob.

-- Mark

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