Bowls from free Pear wood!

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Project by rockmolsen posted 07-20-2016 12:05 AM 1620 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got some fresh cut pear wood from a co-worker. There were 2 logs that were about 3 ft long and about 9-10” in diameter.

The moisture content was between 30-40% when I first cut it into bowl blanks. I ended up with 12. Ends were sealed with Anchorseal. I roughed out about 5 so far and they have been sitting in a bag of shavings drying for a few months. That’s pictures 2 & 3. This weekend I check one and it was at about 18% so I decided to try and finish it. Grain is very cool and it has warped a bit just over the last few days. I plan on giving this one to the supplier of the wood. The slight warping adds a little character that I sort of like. I am going to be more patient and let the others get to below 10% MC before I finish them. Bowl is 8” diameter and about 3” high. Sanded to 400 and finished off with some EEE and OB shine juice. Thanks for looking.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#1 posted 07-20-2016 12:15 AM

Nice bowls…
You should collect all the cuttoffs and shavings for your BBQ. Throw a few on the coals, and it gives off the most amazing flavor to the meats. Im sure it also smelled nice, when you were working with the wood.

-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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#2 posted 07-20-2016 12:22 AM

Ha Ha – funny you say that. Once or twice a year I do a turkey in my smoker (Thanksgving) and I did save some chunks and shavings.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#3 posted 07-20-2016 04:17 AM

Nice bunch of free blanks got to like that .
I see some nice bowls being made and the finished one will be a nice gift and much appreciated by your supplier.


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 07-20-2016 08:11 AM

Awesome, New turner here and love it. I was turning a Redwood Burl Platter yesterday. Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 07-21-2016 07:29 AM

Nice bowls. I hope they will not crack.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 07-21-2016 02:31 PM

Thanks Ivan just another lesson in patience !!!!! I will wait for the others to dry properly.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#7 posted 07-23-2016 12:31 AM

nice bowls, micro wave can speed things up allot. I have a straight green one I lathed this morning, hope to have it ready to finish lathing in a few days.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 07-23-2016 12:48 PM

Nice bowls. Bring on the ice cream. lol

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

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#9 posted 07-24-2016 04:35 PM

Love the use of pear wood. I just finishing a small project for my son using some pear logs/branches I grabbed up from a friend’s yard when her tree split badly in a wind storm. Logs have been drying indoors for nearly two years. Sliced them up on my bandsaw and the wood grain is beautiful! Nice hardness and pleased with the look. I combined it with some small pieces of left over cherry from a desk project and some walnut I bought a while ago and not used. This project is pretty fruity.

-- - Follow your passion...

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