Spalted Maple Bowl

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Project by John posted 11-13-2015 07:22 PM 593 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

3rd bowl with boiled linseed oil and wipe on poly, 1st which also had cracking which I used super glue on. You can compare the poly finish with salad bowl finish by looking at the maple yarn bowl in my gallery. It surprises me when someone picks the salad bowl finish as their favourite, but it is so easy to finish a bowl that way compared to the poly I’m happy to use it, it’s also food safe. This bowl took forever, the glueing, interruptions with the Black Walnut and Cherry, and the multiple coats of poly where it just kept soaking into the wood. 10.25” wide, 4.5” high.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#1 posted 11-13-2015 07:44 PM

hi very nice bowl love the salted wood mother nature dos great work
and you brought it out with your great turning


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#2 posted 11-13-2015 07:46 PM

Beautiful bowl, John!!

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

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#3 posted 11-13-2015 07:48 PM

John, this is breathtaking. And the finish. Ahhhh. MMMMM. I have no words. I just keep making noises in my throat.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 11-14-2015 12:50 AM

Absolutely beautiful John, such an amazing piece of timber and a great job of turning. Congratulations.
Thanks 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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#5 posted 11-14-2015 04:48 AM

Beautiful shape and love the grain with spalting.


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#6 posted 11-14-2015 06:32 PM

Good work, spalted maple is often a difficult work to turn.

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 11-14-2015 08:31 PM

A lovely classic design & turn John, nicely done

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

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#8 posted 11-15-2015 02:04 AM

Nice bowl and comment on wipe on poly. alittle goes along way. so it eventually get thick and hardens in the can. to solve that problem I put it in a empty bottled water bottle, every time you use some squeeze the bottle to get all the air out and put the cap on it. I didn’t figure that out till it had already gone thick. I went to buy a new can at a local store and the teller asked for 25$. In shock I say no way and put it back of the shelf . I had bought it there for 12 plus tax before, I came home and used my thick stuff, will be going out to alberta next week and check price there, Ill save the tax anyway.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#9 posted 11-15-2015 04:29 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments fellow LJs.

Brian, I had a small can of regular poly that I thinned down and used first. I noticed it thickening up on me, so I kept adding thinner to it. When it was gone I bought a can of wipe on poly to see how it is and I really prefer this can with the small opening, very convenient. It will be gone soon and I haven’t noticed any change in it. I think I’ll avoid using it on soft woods in the future, takes too many coats. The Apple covered really well.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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