Segmented Bowl with Pencil feature ring

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Project by rockmolsen posted 07-22-2016 09:54 PM 3344 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was an experiment for me. I’ve seen some guys do this and wanted to give it a try. I don’t remember how many pencils I cut up but a lot. I made a small cutting jig for the band saw so I was able to cut like 3 at a time. I think I got three length’s out of each pencil. Glued those pieces between two pieces of walnut and cut all the segments with my wedgie sled.

Sanding the ring is difficult because it spreads the pencil lead all over the project. I had to re-turn that area to remove the pencil mark ring sanding created. If anyone has done this before and has idea or solution how to avoid or remove this please let me know. Some of the pencil lead also moves and was lost? I am going to try this again with colored pencils. Since this was an experiment, the light wood is just poplar and a scrap piece of cherry for the base. 12 segments per ring. Bowl is 8” x 4” high. Update – pencils don’t have lead anymore – graphite and something else?

Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 07-22-2016 10:47 PM

That is a cool looking bowl ,the pencil ring sort of reminds me of a honey comb .
Just a thought but could you not make some hexagon sticks and use them instead of pencils and maybe try different wood species ?


-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 07-22-2016 10:54 PM

That’s a good idea but I don’t know if I have that level of patience ? LOL

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

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#3 posted 07-22-2016 11:27 PM

That is a sweet bowl!!

Nice work on it…...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 07-23-2016 12:08 AM

Very cool!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#5 posted 07-23-2016 12:24 AM

Very nice and unique, an original idea, and the workmanship on this project is nothing short of fantastic

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 07-23-2016 12:58 AM

Looks Great. The different coloured timbers you have chosen work well together.

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#7 posted 07-23-2016 03:02 AM

Don’t think I’ve seen pencils incorporated this way before, real neat idea worth exploring some more, nice job all round Rick, sorry no suggestions for the pencil marking

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 07-23-2016 08:06 AM

Incredible middle pencil section. There is lot work to do about this project. It’s good you pointed out all difficulties you had with it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 07-23-2016 02:01 PM

Rick, this segmented bowl is outstanding. It is so beautiful.

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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#10 posted 07-23-2016 02:21 PM

Great work, love the creativity on this as well. Thx for sharing.

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

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#11 posted 07-23-2016 03:01 PM

Wow Rick. That’s fantastic

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

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#12 posted 07-23-2016 03:18 PM

That is so cool.

-- Floyd - Harrison Arkansas

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#13 posted 07-23-2016 09:01 PM

Interesting shading pattern from the pencil lead … which is not lead but graphite …
I have seen turnings from colored pencils, and they give a great effect. I don’t know if the sanding causes a problem or not, I’ve only seen the finished product.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#15 posted 08-01-2016 03:33 PM

That is really cool, absolutely beautiful!

-- Michael, South Africa, OSK Fine Modern Furniture,

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