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Project by WoodSparky posted 1644 days ago 1237 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This the first batch of bowls that I had rough tuned back in October with my new bowl saver tool.
The large bowl is 9.5”x 4” and 3/16th thick. I got greedy when to rought it, I had only left about 7/8”.
When it dried it looked more like a football than a bowl. The others didn’t move as much.
The middle one is 7.5” and the smallest is 5.25”wide.

Tom

-- So Many tools, So little time





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jamsie

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#1 posted 1644 days ago

My bowls look like footballs as well!
Just take your time and don’t get greedy!

-- Jamsie

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#2 posted 1644 days ago

I love the color.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 1644 days ago

Great bunch of bowls , I didn’t know you could get holly that large.

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WoodSparky

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#4 posted 1644 days ago

Jim, this Holly hade to be at least 20-24” in diameter. The tree was droped and cut into 20” chunks. I had to split the logs in half with my chain saw to get the into my truck so I didn’t kill myself. I think this was the bowl blank that had the bolt or nail in it. I thought I had cut it out, but found another nail while turnig.Thank God for grinders.

Tom

-- So Many tools, So little time

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reggiek

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#5 posted 1644 days ago

Did you use a bowl saw or something else to core it? I typically leave a thicker wall then the finished bowl will have on a green turning…that way it can swell or contract before I make the final run through thickness. I also have gotten greedy in the past….so now I find I under rough more often then not…

Great bowls though…I love holly for its clean white look..it is really a great wood for making food utensils…and bowls…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 1644 days ago

Bowls look good. What time of year was the tree cut?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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WoodSparky

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#7 posted 1644 days ago

Topamax, It was cut down in the 1st week of October 09. I had rough turned it shortly there after. It was pure white as I turned it, except for the stains left behind from the nails I had later discovered. I was surprised to find that had blackened alittle at the end grain. One of my turning club members told us the best time to cut down trees but, I can’t remember,nuts.

Tom

-- So Many tools, So little time

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 1644 days ago

I have heard you have to cut holly in the winter to maintain the pure white color. I have some seasoned that was down a year before I got it. I sealed it up. It is very hard to dry without checking. I think mine was cut in the summer, so I’m not expecting it to be pure white. I learned all of this after I got it. I have a small bowl block I bought, I have it sealed in a plastic bag to dry. I open it once in a while for an air exchange, but it is still checking a little.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Loucarb

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#9 posted 1644 days ago

Great looking bowls. The holly looks fantastic, I also like Jim didn’t know holly got that big.

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