Ficus Bowl 7b - Two Down, One to Go

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 12-28-2015 08:13 AM 1012 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Second of the Grudge-Match Set.

A few process photos.

Ask me again why I love this wood.Do you see the ribbons wrapped around it?

And, it shines up real nicely.

I spent a couple days trying to get all uppity about the lid. Going all inside-out, with a spiral within. It didn’t work out.

So I grabbed one of the chunks that made up the space between the bowl blanks.

And went all one-piece lid/finial, being sure to finish as I went along.

And there you have it.

No fingers were bloodied in the production of this Thing.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 12-28-2015 09:18 AM

Nice of you to present additional photos of process too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 12-28-2015 10:36 AM

You are the master, Mark (as long as the ficus allows). Another beauty! Thank you for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 12-28-2015 10:41 AM

Another fine result Mark, you seem to have solved the problems you encountered. Well done.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 12-28-2015 01:28 PM

You are mastering the Ficus. Nice job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 12-28-2015 03:06 PM

Nice! I like the burned details, it really adds to the piece.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 12-28-2015 07:56 PM

Very nice bowl – elegant in its simplicity. Obviously Ficus is pleased also, otherwise you the last line of your post would not be true. If you anger the Ficus it WILL bloody your fingers. :)

Keep listening to the spirits of the wood – they are leading you in the right direction. :)

Happy New Year and best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016!

-- Leafherder

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#7 posted 12-28-2015 11:41 PM

Nice work Mark

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 12-28-2015 11:56 PM

Looking good Mark, one to go.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 12-29-2015 12:04 PM

Stay tuned. 7c is on the lathe, and I think you’ll really like it. This one’ll be an actual bowl – no lid. (I usually go the lid route because I’m so inept at finishing the inside of a bowl). Pray I don’t screw it up.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 03-31-2016 09:11 PM

Mark I was looking at Zagrebs jig and saw your comment , which led me to your home page and projects, I had a look at some of them, I saw some pretty fancy work there I must say.

I was very impressed with your work, particularly the Ficus and Chinese Elm projects.
You must have amazingly sharp work tools.

In relation to Ficus, is this the vine that grows on the face of cliffs and produces a date like fruit?

Chinese Elm
Chinese Elm is a noxious weed here in Aust and is a prolific grower hence the weed designation I guess, I have never thought to work with either material, and commend your results if the ficus is the wood I thought it was.

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 03-31-2016 10:13 PM

So you make a 6” blank round, cut a 1.5” hole in the center. Then you make a toy finial, plop it on top and call that a BOWL???

Oh Pshaw ! What can you possibly put in a hole that small?
Oh wait a minute, I almost forgot. You live in “Cant-afford-ya”, the land of movie stars and legal pot. OK, NOW I know what you keep in that “BOWL” .... wink-wink, nudge-nudge !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#12 posted 03-31-2016 10:54 PM

Joe, you’re one of those people who ask, “Whatya gunna put in it? What’s it fer?” It’s art, Joe. You’ve heard of art? P’shaw on you, you – you Barbarian. You’d walk into Leonardo’s house and, seeing the Mona Lisa on the wall, would ask, “What’s that? A TV tray? What’s it fer, Len? You gunna yoos it to surv drenks?” Scalawag.
This bowl is about 7” in diameter. Not so small. It’s what we call a lidded Hollow Form.
And, also, I haven’t so much as seen that of which you so merrily speak, since I was a teenager.
Thanks for checking in, you heathen. I enjoy our banter.
And, one other thing:
“Oh Pshaw ! What can you possibly put in a hole that small? ”
Do you really want me to answer that?
I could say something like, Oh, your brain, for instance. Or something like that. But I won’t. I’ll rise above it all.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 03-31-2016 11:25 PM

Rob. Ficus.

And, Chinese Elm is a very prolific street tree, here. The CE I’ve used, I don’t remember where I got it. I found it in the back of my pickup, just a couple branches that I likely picked up on the curb somewhere. I’ve yet to catch one in the ct of being trimmed or cut down. I want some more.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 04-01-2016 01:17 AM

Thats our “smokin Joe” at work for us Ha ha,......anyway back on the subject
Thanks for the reply the tree looks vaguly familiar to the ficus I saw as a teenager at my Grandmothers house in Cremorne Sydney, the house was backing onto a cliff face where the ficus was growing.

Posted by IndeComp on April 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Chinese Celtis (aka Chinese Elm) is a declared Class 3 pest plant under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002. There is no local Government protection of Chinese Elms as a rule, and there is no need for a landowner to check if a Chinese Elm can be removed. These trees are hazardous to structures, but can also cause health issues for animals.

Mind you there other timbers which are declared pests as well, Camphor Laurel for instance, which I use regularly beacuse of its smell and beautiful grain features

-- Regards Rob

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#15 posted 04-01-2016 07:02 AM

Camphor, too, Rob? I’ve made a few Things from the tree in my back yard. Love it.

The tree.

It was a lot bigger before it was “cut down.” This is the re-growth.

Chinese Elm, a “destructive pest?” I can’t imagine that. They’re everywhere around here. Suburban street trees. They line the sidewalks, and, were some of the earliest imported additions to the suburban landscape. They make a lot of leaf litter, but, that’s about it. Mebees, it’s a different kind? If it’s the same thing, I envy your access to it. They rarely cut them here. Such beautiful wood.

-- Mark

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