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Bradford Pear Bowl

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Project by Lazyman posted 06-02-2016 10:14 PM 450 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Still experimenting with turning bowls on my mini-lathe. It is about 5” across and 3” tall. Pretty sure this is Bradford pear due to its orange-ish color (darker in person than in the pictures). Last picture shows an off cut from the log. It was given to me by a guy I bought a scroll saw from on Craig’s list. He must have had it for a while because it was already very dry (17%). It has a very fine grain and is pretty nice to work. I was trying to get the walls just a little thinner but started getting nervous because it was starting to chatter pretty badly. Hardest part for me is getting the bottom finished nicely. I left a few chatter marks in the bottom because I didn’t want to destroy it so close to the end.

Sanded to 800 grit and applied Hut friction finish.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.





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#1 posted 06-03-2016 12:56 AM

I’m a sucker for pear logs. That piece is almost blemish fee. Nice job.

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

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#2 posted 06-03-2016 05:26 PM

Nice bowl. It should get lots of use.
Pear wood was one of the first woods I turned. I had a large pile of pear “fire” wood at the time.
It turns great and finishes well is about as hard as maple but it is sort of blah in the character of the wood,
So I usually embellish it with some more complex curves or decorations like thicker rims and or shallow grooves or inlays.
Apple wood is another favorite of mine. Especially if you can get some crotch pieces.
A dryness of 17 percent might still be a little high to avoid wood movement after it is finished but that might vary with your average local humidity.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Lazyman

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#3 posted 06-05-2016 07:07 PM



Nice bowl. It should get lots of use.
Pear wood was one of the first woods I turned. I had a large pile of pear “fire” wood at the time.
It turns great and finishes well is about as hard as maple but it is sort of blah in the character of the wood,
So I usually embellish it with some more complex curves or decorations like thicker rims and or shallow grooves or inlays.
Apple wood is another favorite of mine. Especially if you can get some crotch pieces.
A dryness of 17 percent might still be a little high to avoid wood movement after it is finished but that might vary with your average local humidity.

- LesB

I was shooting for something very simple on this one. My previous live oak bowl had a more interesting (unusual?) shape.
I was a little worried about the moisture level but I also wanted to see just how much movement I would get. It is actually lower than the previous bowl I posted made from live oak. So far it hasn’t moved at all, though it warped quite a bit between rough and final turning. What moisture level do you normally shoot for? 17% is well below the normal humidity in the DFW area and I was surprised that this log was that low. Does the finish make any difference on the movement (extent or speed)? This one is a shellac based friction finish.

I’ve also just found some larger green Bradford pear logs from someone butchering their trees. On those, I’ll rough turn and dry them before finishing them. I also just found some American elm from a downed branch. Not sure how well that will turn but it has some dark heartwood that I hope will look nice. Don’t think I’ve ever seen a bowl made from elm. It’ll be interesting to try even if it doesn’t work out well.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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