Sculpted Alaska Birch Bowl

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Project by Stonekettle posted 10-29-2015 05:51 PM 1114 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a piece of very dense Alaskan Birch heartwood, turned on the lathe wet, allowed to dry for six months until stable, turned again to final form, then the soft wood was removed with powered carving tools leaving only the very hard heartwood figure. Polished to 600g and then burnished with a hard felt buff. Finished in fixed walnut oil and hard wax until the wood glows golden in the light. It’s 13” in diameter.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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#1 posted 10-29-2015 06:11 PM

I hate you! Yes, indeedy, I do….albeit a competitive hate. Or, perhaps professional jealousy? Yeah, that’s it! That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!

Not only are you a gifted writer, but you are an extraordinarily gifted woodworker—both of which I’ve admired from the lower 48, and been envious of in that I try, and try, and try to emulate some of your works, but you are in a class of your own, DUDE, as is this piece of art!!!!!!!

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#2 posted 10-29-2015 06:43 PM

Wow, great work

-- Dreaming patterns

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#3 posted 10-29-2015 08:48 PM

exceptional beautiful. I can’t think off words that would be fitting. I’ll let others express with word I can’t even think of.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 10-29-2015 10:05 PM

Very unique and very very beautiful!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#5 posted 10-30-2015 12:55 AM

That is FREAKIN AWESOME. An absolute piece of Art.
I love the shape and the “GLOW” in the finish.
You are indeed a Master.
Thank you for sharing.


-- 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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#6 posted 10-30-2015 01:49 PM

A very unique piece. I especially like the warm glow of the wood.

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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#7 posted 10-30-2015 03:02 PM

You did a nice job on this eye catcher. Congratulations.

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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#8 posted 10-30-2015 09:34 PM

M-mm-mmm! That’s one fine bowl of spruce.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#9 posted 11-01-2015 04:49 AM

This one bowls me over, a fine piece of work indeed!

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

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