First Bowl in Iraq

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Project by EOD_Eric posted 09-02-2009 06:52 PM 1677 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished my first bowl here. I ordered some mineral oil and beeswax for the finish, as they were the only “finishes” that I could get shipped here. I have 2 lbs of beeswax…I seriously overestimated the amount I would need! Wood is from the same stack I started working on a few weeks ago…FOGI (found on ground-Iraq). Bowl is 5 inches in diameter and 2 inches deep. There are a few inclusions and checks that I could not turn past…they did not bother me until I got beeswax in there while I was rubbing it on…now the paste in there highlights the cracks. Will fill in with CA next time. I did have a fairly good size hunk fly off the rim next to a check. Repaired it with sawdust and CA and it is barely noticeable (you can see it on the pic of the bowl still on the lathe).

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 09-02-2009 07:02 PM

Nice wood for FOGI. I wish there was as good FOGC (find on the ground California). Very good repair work also….Nice job.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#2 posted 09-02-2009 07:18 PM

Talk about extreme woodworking. Looks great, AND created under duress??? Much better than me…

-- Derrek L.

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#3 posted 09-02-2009 10:56 PM

Fine looking bowl. Well done. What kind of lathe do you have over there??

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#4 posted 09-02-2009 11:02 PM

Looks great Eric
Keep your head down

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#5 posted 09-02-2009 11:11 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. No need for ducking anymore…the rocket attacks are fairly infrequent and, more importantly, pretty inaccurate. Loucarb, I have a Penn state midi…its pretty small and on the lower end, but as long as I keep the projects within reason, it works well.

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#6 posted 09-03-2009 01:09 AM

Nice bowl. Glad things have quited down for you there, still have my thanks and respect. From an old vet. Hope you are able to find enough FOGI. If not send your address, maybe we can send some of the good stuff. Mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 09-03-2009 02:10 AM

Wow. You are amazing. I was checking out your FOGI from previous posts. Way to go with limited resources!

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#8 posted 09-03-2009 08:11 AM

Great looking bowl. Love that FOGI wood. The inclusions just give it more charector.

Keep your head down and be safe.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#9 posted 09-03-2009 11:30 PM

Real nice bowl. It’sgreat that you have gotten the opportunity to use a lathe over there. Keep up the good work, both the turning and the duty.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 09-25-2009 03:48 AM


Very nice looking bowl with wonderful colour! It’s great that you can enjoy turning during your TIC. Thanks for sharing and for your service as well. Take care and all the best to you and yours!

P.S. Can you watch a regular NTSC DVD video over there? If so, I will send you one of my DVD videos on bowl turning. Contact me offline through my website with shipping instructions.

-- Better Woodturning and Finishing Through Chemistry...

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