Fun "Fruit" bowl

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Project by Don K. posted 07-27-2009 01:13 AM 1632 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the last of my African wood. This one and my elephant both came out of a stack of fire wood I found in Malawi Africa. I fell in love with this piece of wood because of the wild color blotches it has. I wanted to make something with it…and the wife asked for a “Fruit” bowl to put on the table. Like the others…since the wood came from Africa…I stayed with a African theme. There is a Elephant looking at you from the bottom of the bowl…and when you flip it over…I carved the elephants back side or butt on the bottom…..around the bowl there is a lion, water buffalo, rhino and a leopard.

I thought it would be neat to carve all the way through…so things would stand out more…and while I like the way it turned out…it is a pain to dust according to my wife, lol.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#1 posted 07-27-2009 02:11 AM

that is brilliant and oh so beautiful.
bravo; bravo

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#2 posted 07-27-2009 02:28 AM

Excellent work, what a beauty. She’s complaining about the dusting of it?????? Tell her to take it to the shop and use the air compressor on it. I bet she loves it though, I would.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#3 posted 07-27-2009 02:34 AM

Beautiful work !!!

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#4 posted 07-27-2009 02:47 AM

cool. Nice work

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#5 posted 07-27-2009 02:56 AM

Your carving is Awsome! Truly a piece of art.

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#6 posted 07-27-2009 03:51 AM

Dust? Just keep it full of fruit… won’t see the dust.

Spectacular. I’ve seen plenty of commercially made African wood carvings… none appealed to me. This is the great exception. Love it. But then the fruit would keep falling out because you’d always be wanting to show the back side… very clever… and your animals all seem to have attitude—a subtle pride about them…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#7 posted 07-27-2009 03:59 AM

Fron a guy that has dust as his name. He’s telling you not to worry about it.

Don that is a great carving. The story that goes with it makes it even more beautiful.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 07-27-2009 04:06 AM

What is wrong with people? How does that not get favored piece of the week? Probably in there for year.


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#9 posted 07-27-2009 04:26 AM

Very impressive piece! You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 07-27-2009 04:56 AM

Another super carving Don lots of fun animals all the way around. well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 07-27-2009 06:45 AM

What a beautiful bowl and carving. Very unique, the wood is beautiful too. It is a fine piece of craftsmanship.

-- Tom D

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#12 posted 07-27-2009 01:24 PM

Man! That bowl is really something.
You did a great job.
Thanks for sharing.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#13 posted 07-29-2009 01:27 AM

WOW….............................................. what more can be said. Absolutely fantastic.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#14 posted 08-13-2009 12:19 AM

Somehow I missed this. FANTASTIC WORK


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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