New life for an old Apple tree

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Project by rilanda posted 10-07-2016 07:37 PM 728 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl is made from English Ash and is about 8.5” square (12” overall diagonals max size over my bed bars) x 3” deep. It has been turned using a 0.5” bowl gouge and sanded down through the grades to a finish with 400 grit abrasive paper. It has been finished with 2 coats cellulose sander sealer and 3 coats melamine lacquer, cut back between coats with 400 grit paper, final finish of clear wax applied with a very fine webbax pad and wax, finally buffed to a finish with a soft cloth.
The fruit is all made of branches from an old Apple tree that had been cut down because it was in danger of falling for it had gone rotten. These are turned on a screw chuck using a 3/8” and 1/4” finger nail gouges then cleaned up through the grades to finish with 400 grit paper. The various colours are applied and allowed to dry then gently cut back before the application of 2 coats of cellulose sander sealer and 3 coats melamine lacquer before final finishing with webbox pad and clear wax. The stalks are cut and glued into position and finished in the 2 apples, 2 pears and 2 plums.
All of this timber from the old Apple tree was destined fro the wood burner so by making the fruit for this bowl it has breathed new life into an old tree that will now live on albeit in a different form.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#1 posted 10-08-2016 12:01 AM

Very nice bowl. that reminds me that i was offered an apple tree today and will have to follow up.
Did you turn it round and then cut it or was it square when turned?

You have it beautifully centered!!


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

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#2 posted 10-08-2016 07:13 AM

keep an eye on the “fruit”, they could not eat it so convincingly done

-- bambi

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#3 posted 10-08-2016 10:27 AM

That is a wonderful bowl Bill. I really like the form. Before I zoomed in on the photos, I genuinely thought that fruit was real. Even zoomed in, it looks very convincing. Nice job!

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 10-08-2016 05:31 PM

Both the bowl and the fruit are extremely well done.

I really like the not normal design for the bowl and as they said the fruit is fantstically realistic!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 10-08-2016 07:27 PM

The bowl is great but I really love the fruit – great job with the shapes and colors almost looks good enough to eat. And I really like the fact that you saved the wood from the fire, it is nice to know that a tree that gave so much in the way of flowers and fruit is still giving. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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