small bowls with silver inlay

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Project by StLouisWoodworker posted 11-01-2015 06:07 PM 1089 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these small bowls just to give a try at inlaying silver wire. The six bowl sides are made of Peruvian walnut, slope 50° from horizontal, and are joined with compound miters; the bottoms from domestic walnut. I used four types of silver wire: two are flat silver wire of thicknesses 0.008” and 0.014” and width 0.055”, and the other two are circular silver wire of gauges 10 and 16.¹ I also used some 0.25”-diameter brass tubing of the type found in hobby stores. Inlaid inside the brass tubing are some dyed-wood veneers (yellow and green) and some stone (blue and red). Don’t look too closely or you’ll see where I screwed up while inlaying one of the green leaves. My objective was to try inlaying some wire, so maybe you can overlook that yukky misstep. Size: 8”x5”x1”.

¹ Gauge is a common way to specify the size of wire, but I prefer diameter, so I wrote a short app for my phone to convert between the two measures. If you’re interested in such things, you can read about it here

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

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#1 posted 11-01-2015 08:41 PM

now that is a beautiful piece of work.well done ,have a great day.

-- dean2336,nebr.

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#2 posted 11-01-2015 09:04 PM

These are beautiful and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 11-01-2015 10:31 PM

Looks like you did well with new technique. Those will be enjoyed for a long time.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#4 posted 11-02-2015 06:15 PM

Any error is just so the evil spirits may escape. Great job. Love the look.

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#5 posted 11-02-2015 06:15 PM

Realy unique shape. This inlay is adorable.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 11-02-2015 09:03 PM

These are really nice and really well done. Thanks also for the Frink App. I’m not sure if I’ll use it soon, but I would like to try this type of inlay. If this app is anything like your compound angle app it will also come in handy.

-- Mike S., Illinois, South Pond Woodworks

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#7 posted 11-03-2015 12:23 PM

Beautiful work and beautiful end results… Unique idea and build.

-- Life Member of: USA + NRA + USMC = Semper Fi to all three.

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