Alaskan Birch Bowl

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Project by Stonekettle posted 12-11-2015 09:59 PM 1688 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Alaskan Birch heartwood.

This is a rework of a piece I posted here on Lumberjocks earlier. I kept looking at it and decided it just needed … more. Something.

Green turned to rough, then dried for several years in my shop here in Palmer, Alaska, before turning to finish.

After turning, I carved the bowl to resemble a foaming whitewater river. I thought I was done at that point, and posted pictures here. But like I said up above, after thinking about it for a while, I decided to complete it with a run with spawning red salmon.

I typically carve pieces like this on the lathe with the spindle locked. Roughing out with a 4” angle grinder. Detail work with the Foredom mini-angle grinder. Finish work with a Foredom detail handset, then finally with hand tools and sandpaper.

The fish are cut from redheart, then each is individually hand carved and shaped, woodburned, and glued into position. Every bowl like this I do has one fish swimming against the tide, you can see him at the bottom of picture 5.

Walnut base.

Whole piece soaked in walnut oil for a day to saturate the wood. Dried. Final finish is lemon oil/beeswax.

It’s about 14” in diameter.

These pieces are intended as artwork. They look great, but they don’t hold soup worth a damn.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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#1 posted 12-11-2015 10:21 PM

This is a fantastic work of art. I enjoyed it tremendously! RH

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#2 posted 12-11-2015 10:21 PM

Definitely beautiful art! Soup is over rated anyway.

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

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#3 posted 12-11-2015 10:29 PM

Wow a work of art, love it!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 12-11-2015 10:47 PM

Thats pretty darn cool!

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#5 posted 12-11-2015 11:38 PM

WOW, that is an excellent piece. Very nice work on it!!


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

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#6 posted 12-11-2015 11:49 PM

Wow Great work

-- "A man that works with his hands, knows his soul" " Have Fun, Go Fast, and Take Chances for Christ's Sake!!"

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#7 posted 12-12-2015 01:20 AM

Jim this is Gorgeous! just like the rest of your projects.
Keep them coming.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#8 posted 12-12-2015 10:31 AM

what an awesome piece of art -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#9 posted 12-12-2015 10:35 AM

Realy awesome masterpiece of art. Those fishes are just great.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 12-12-2015 11:06 AM

This is so beautiful! I love all your carved turnings!

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#11 posted 12-12-2015 01:25 PM

Looks great. Beautiful job.


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#12 posted 12-12-2015 01:47 PM

Beautiful work of art! looks great!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#13 posted 12-12-2015 02:19 PM


-- Mel,

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#14 posted 12-12-2015 02:30 PM

That is an outstanding piece of work and quite beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 12-12-2015 04:11 PM


-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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