Spalted maple Bowl

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Project by robert triplett posted 12-06-2009 10:35 PM 1445 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Spalted Maple Salad Bowl finished with General Finishes Salad Bowl. It is 10 3/4” by 3 1/4”. I made it about 1/8” thick on the sides and about 1/4” on the bottom. I wish we had good wood for turning in this High Desert Area. I purchased this blank by mail from back East. It costs as much for shipping as I pay for the wood. It sure was fun to turn wet!! Not as easy on the final turning when it was dry.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#1 posted 12-06-2009 10:43 PM

Robert, this is a gorgeous turning. The maple has such nice color and character. You certainly have brought out the beauty of the wood.

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#2 posted 12-06-2009 11:32 PM


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#3 posted 12-07-2009 12:16 AM

Gorgeous Bowl!!

I really like the shape and that you used the natural characteristics to add to the beauty.

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#4 posted 12-07-2009 12:47 AM

good effort I think it is just beautiful

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#5 posted 12-07-2009 03:26 PM

Very very beautiful bowl and wood.

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#6 posted 12-08-2009 05:45 AM

It is absolutely beautiful. We have a rather large woodturners organization here and they tell me that you can keep the turning wet by putting it in a plastic container with a tight fitting lid and put a little water in with it. Unless you leave it too long, like a month or two, it shouldn’t turn the wood any wierd colors. That way the finish turning should be as easy as the roughing in.

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#7 posted 12-08-2009 05:50 AM

cool bowl

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#8 posted 12-08-2009 05:55 AM

All I can say is WOW! That’s beautiful!

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#9 posted 12-08-2009 06:23 AM

to JoelR, I put the partially finished bowl in a paper bag with some of its shavings and let it dry more for a month or so, and then finished turning. This what I have read is a way to deal with the wood becoming oval as it drys. I then turn it round to final thickness. Does the wood dry more in the bucket? Does the little bit of water act like the wet shavings? I could give this a try when the temperature climbs back above freezing in MAY. thanks Robert

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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