Large Walnut Bowl - Yin Yang

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Project by Threeseamonsters posted 01-18-2010 05:18 AM 2291 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This seems an appropriate entry for the Yin Yang contest. Interestingly, the concepts of Yin and Yang are similar to some of the properties of heartwood and sapwood. Yin is dark and cold and wet, Yang is warm and light and active.


A new bowl. My biggest to date… about 14” diameter and 8” tall. Not huge, but huge for me as I’ve been working in the 5”-9” range lately.

A very good neighbor dropped off a couple of big chunks of green Walnut from a family tree that came down. The tree was planted by his grandfather and I told him I’d make him a bowl to give to his mother if he’d kindly bring by a couple of chunks :)

Thanks for looking :)

-- jn

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#1 posted 01-18-2010 05:20 AM


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#2 posted 01-18-2010 05:23 AM

OOOOO so nice a great bowl Jn

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#3 posted 01-18-2010 05:34 AM

From my perspective, 14” is a huge bowl. The biggest I have done, to date, is 12”. This is very well done. I’m curious about how you did the 3 “legs”.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 01-18-2010 05:41 AM

great job

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#5 posted 01-18-2010 05:44 AM

Our buddy Scott Phillips did a video on the 3 legged bowl.

You have to go to The American woodworker tab and scrowl down.

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#6 posted 01-18-2010 06:27 AM

Beautiful Walnut bowl : )

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#7 posted 01-18-2010 08:21 AM

Fntastic bowl. Love the sapwood in the walnut. Great shape with the 3 legs.

Awfull large for me. My biggest so far is 6”.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 01-18-2010 02:08 PM

Outstanding…........ love the form and the three feet…. and nothing shows like walnut. The contrast between the heart and sap wood is a thing of beauty that mother nature has provided…...

Great Job !

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#9 posted 01-18-2010 02:53 PM

Thanks everyone!
Rich, I carve the feet similar to how Scott carves them in the video wood sparky shared… main difference is that I turn the shape of the tenon that will become the feet into an ogee curve. For the carving, I start with a Proxxon mini 2” angle grinder fitted with a carbide blade to do the rough shaping. Then on to a 2” Kutzall-type cutter for smoothing. From there I sand mostly by hand to blend the curves together.

-- jn

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#10 posted 01-18-2010 03:39 PM

i love this one

-- hrvoje

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#11 posted 01-18-2010 04:25 PM

Very nice bowl. That walnut looks great & ditto on the feet.

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