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Project by cosmicturner posted 1724 days ago 1195 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Large willow bowl they were cutting the tree down and I grabbed a load of the wood and caught poison ivy from it should have noticed the cut vine on the bark
The bowl was a real challenge to turn

-- Cosmicturner

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#1 posted 1724 days ago

that is quite a bowl indeed!
looks good, what did you use for a finish?

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#2 posted 1724 days ago

Beautiful turning, nice finish. Quite a job with that chunk of wood. Did a great job.

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

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#3 posted 1724 days ago

great looking bowl.

-- hardwood, South Carolina,

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Bill Akins

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#4 posted 1724 days ago

Now that’s a whopper! The biggest I have turned is 12 inches and I thought that was big. Great job.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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Wade Putnam

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#5 posted 1724 days ago

Do I see a vacuum chuck set up on your lath?

-- Wade, Nashville,

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#6 posted 1724 days ago

That is certainly a big bowl

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#7 posted 1724 days ago

Wow thats some bowl looks great but a little scary to turn too.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 1724 days ago

That is one big chunk of wood. I would have made a bowl out of it to. Good job.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#9 posted 1723 days ago

Thank you for the kind words
the finish is a blend of oils to help slow the drying…and yes you are correct on the vaccume chuck I would be lost without it now it opens up many options like real turned curly fries

-- Cosmicturner

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#10 posted 1717 days ago

This is quite a bowl, 20”. I haven’t turned one that large. You did a very good job. When you say it is willow our willows in Utah never get that large. They are usually in the two to three inch range and a lot of limbs grow out of the trunk. What kind of willow tree are you talking about?

-- Wood Turning is communicating with the wood silently.

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#11 posted 1716 days ago

That is HUGE! Great job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#12 posted 1678 days ago

That blank is a monster..nice job on the bowl. All I have is a Jet MiniLathe, and I envy you guys with the big honkin’ machines. This willow is very attractive.


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#13 posted 1678 days ago

Stoneturner it was near 24” finished size is near 23” the wood is called wheeping willow around hear the grow very very fast sometimes multi shoots from the stump I have seen them 10 feet diameter or bigger no kidding not sure if the just like Michigan weather we get lots of rain from the lakes
barbs I started with using a electric drill to turn with age 7=9 and it has taken many years to get a big lathe I also have a old carbatech mini lathe and I love the little gem never sell your mini lathe could not part with my nova lathe either yes I am a tool nut forsure
Willow looks great just a real bear to work with green it doesn’t want to cut it tears and really feels like peach skin till its dry but the color and grain are sweet

-- Cosmicturner

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#14 posted 1671 days ago

You did a great job! Nice.


-- Robin Renee'

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#15 posted 1669 days ago

That is huge for a first, well done!

-- When you know better you do better.

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