Choke cherry bowl

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 04-08-2016 10:38 AM 1391 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First time working with choke cherry, and first live edge bowl. A coworker was cutting down an old cherry tree in his back yard and invited me to take some of the wood. I wanted to add a bit more shape to this one. Was a lot of fun and I have done a few more live edge bowls since this one.
Anyone else see the two faces??

Thanks for looking and commenting!

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#1 posted 04-08-2016 12:35 PM

One ‘t see doesn’t see work done from choke cherry to often or at all, very nice patterns in the wood. and the bowl has a very nice shape. The two faces are great, a real keeper.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 04-08-2016 01:27 PM

Great work keeping the bark on. Beautiful grain pattern too.

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

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Derek Oliver

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#3 posted 04-08-2016 02:40 PM

Wow! That has to be the biggest piece of chokecherry I’ve ever seen. Normally it grows as a bush with stems around 4” across. Less often do you find it as a tree. I think the largest trunk I’ve ever seen on a chokecherry tree is around 8 or 9 inches. I’ve made a few small bowls and a mallet from chokecherry but none of them have grain patterns as nice as your piece.

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#4 posted 04-08-2016 03:12 PM

Beautiful wood! Beautiful bowl! Beautifully 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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#5 posted 04-08-2016 05:04 PM

Great work

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life shouldn't be a draft copy.....

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Mark Wilson

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#6 posted 04-08-2016 08:12 PM

This is a new one on me. I’ve always thought of Chokecherry as a bush, not anything like a tree. But then, there are more things in the world than are dreamt of in my pho=philosophy, aren’t there, Horatio? I also thought that way of Hibiscus ( and Camphor (, Roses (, and Plumeria (
This bowl is gorgeous. And, yes, I do see the faces. Which leads mt to quote myownbadself:

Normal people look at a tree/shrub/bush and think Pretty tree. Woodsmith thinks I wonder what’s in there.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 04-08-2016 10:59 PM

Great job! And I see the faces too – which either means they really are there , or I have been corresponding with Mark Wilson too much lately. :) (Sorry Mark, that one was just too easy to let pass.)

What are the dimensions on this? I always thought of Choke Cherry as a small tree, not a shrub, but I actively train bushes and trees to grow into the shapes I want for canes.

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#9 posted 04-09-2016 01:51 AM

Great job. I love live edge work.
Yes, the faces are there for sure.
Also love the grain and colour.
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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RS Woodworks

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#10 posted 04-10-2016 12:39 PM

Thanks for the kind comments everyone.
I do believe this is from a Schubert Chokecherry. I have the same tree in my front yard.
The trunk on this particular small tree can easily be 8” to 10” diameter. The log for this bowl I believe was about 8”.
I made a few more bowls from this same wood. Will post them soon.

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#11 posted 04-15-2016 04:55 PM

One of these days I’m going to have to try a live edge bowl

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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