Mango Madness......

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Project by jbschutz posted 03-18-2016 07:29 PM 698 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mango Madness....Just came back from a little anniversary trip to Kauai, and I brought back a little bit of wood again. This time, some koa and a nice little block of Mango wood with some beautiful spalting. I know I have been in a little bit of a rut with the grapes, but the combo of the mango and some koa grapes was too sweet to pass up. This one is abut 7 inches in diameter, with walnut vines and Koa grapes inlaid into the bottom.
The pockets, 3/8 and 1/2 inch, are made with a forstner bit, and the plugs are cut with plug cutters of the same size. I did the grapes in 4 layers, overlapping each previous bunch to give the illusion of depth. After inlaying the first seven grapes, I turned them flat, then added another seven, and so on, filling in the gaps and bringing the center grapes to the front. This may be my favorite of all the “grape” themed bowls.
Final sanding to 320 with 4 layers of satin poly gives the mango a nice glow.

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 03-18-2016 07:47 PM

John, this is really lovely work. I too think this is your best work on this theme. Thanks for sharing. Some day there may be leaves.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 03-18-2016 08:07 PM

Nice one John. The wood, the color, the spalting and inlays all work wonderfully together.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 03-18-2016 08:07 PM

Hi John
Nice to see you back home and getting in the shop .
Just stay in the “Rut” for a bit you are doing some nice projects with the grapes ,better and better looking .


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 03-18-2016 08:52 PM

beautiful turning and inlaying

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John

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#5 posted 03-18-2016 09:20 PM

Very nice! I like the grapes !

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

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#6 posted 03-18-2016 10:09 PM

This piece is so beautiful and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 03-18-2016 11:40 PM

Nice bowl and the grapes really catch your eye!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#8 posted 03-19-2016 02:07 AM

Interesting idea with those as you call them grapes

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#9 posted 03-19-2016 11:41 AM

That’s beautiful. I like the grapes.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 03-19-2016 05:05 PM

Very nice bowl. Love the mango. I’m leaving Maui today with some mango veneer. Already shipped the Koa home :)

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#11 posted 03-20-2016 01:46 AM

Beatufully done and a wonderful thing to own.

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