A Bowl for my Nuts

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Project by Brit posted 10-08-2016 09:57 AM 1241 views 2 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like to munch on some nuts when I sit down to watch a good film [insert joke here] and tipping nuts out of a bag into my hand and then stuffing them in my cake hole is way too much effort in my opinion. To rectify this situation I carved this little bowl out of the other half of the English wild cherry log that is sitting on my bench in the photos.

This is the first bowl I’ve carved and I learnt a lot along the way that will stand me in good stead for future projects. I didn’t really have a design in mind before I started, but I’m quite please with the result. All I need now is a good film. Any recommendations?

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#1 posted 10-08-2016 10:37 AM

Beautiful bowl and very nicely carved!

Cheers, Jim

-- 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 11:14 AM

Nice bowl Brit, nicely carved I particularly like the way the grain pattern has been centred. English Cherry is a particularly nice timber to work with. Well made and well done.

-- 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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#3 posted 10-08-2016 12:04 PM

Perhaps the film Nuts.

On the other hand that is a very nice bowl you carved. You will have it a very long time. What are the tools you used.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#4 posted 10-08-2016 12:20 PM

Ever impressive the skill you display in your work. Graceful lines; the raised lip is particularly nice.

-- ~Tony

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#5 posted 10-08-2016 01:58 PM

Looks good. Kinda small though.

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#6 posted 10-08-2016 02:00 PM

Thanks guys.

Don K – Thanks for suggestion, but I’m more of an action or thriller kind of guy.

Tony – Originally the handles were flush with the rim, but I thought it would be nice to continue the elliptical rim all the way around, so I pared the handles down by about 1/8”. Adds a bit of interest I think.

Shane – Have you seen the price of nuts lately? :o)

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#7 posted 10-08-2016 02:20 PM

very impressive! First bowl?

damn, you’ve got some carving skills, Andy. Your handles look great! Symmetric, and begging to be held.

Did you smooth the entire thing with knives? I sure don’t see any sandpaper scraps.


-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#8 posted 10-08-2016 02:46 PM

No Terry, all the surfaces are sanded. I started at P80 and went through the grits up to P800. I was throwing the sandpaper away as I used it though, so that’s why your don’t see any evidence. The finish is 1 coat of BLO and two coats of clear Briwax.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#9 posted 10-08-2016 02:48 PM

That bowl is a looker, Andy! Though I find it hilarious that to resolve a sporadic one second action of tipping bag is more effort to you then spending hours shaping and smoothing a wonderful bowl.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#10 posted 10-08-2016 02:54 PM

Wow, that looks great. Was the cherry green or dried when you carved? How long did it take you? So far, I have only turned one bowl, and carved one spoon, but those quickly became my two favorite utensils in the house. I’m inspired by your work here.

-- Douglas in Chicago -, and

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#11 posted 10-08-2016 03:13 PM

Very nice job, less noisy to munch from during a film as well – good thinking!

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#12 posted 10-08-2016 03:54 PM

Todd – I was forever dropping nuts down the front of my shirt and between the cushions on the sofa. Now I won’t and marital bliss will be restored.

Douglas – Thanks. I’ve had the logs for about a year so they were more dry than green. It took about 4 hours, not including the finishing.

Tom – Absolutely. The wife is always telling me to shut up when I rustle a bag of nuts.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#13 posted 10-08-2016 04:06 PM

I’m with DonK and curious to see the tools you used. I would like to get some carving tools, but don’t know what to start with.
That is a very handsome bowl Andy.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#14 posted 10-08-2016 05:04 PM

Don & Duck – The tools I used were:

5tpi rip saw to divide the log in two. I usually split logs but this one had a branch coming out of the half of the log that remains and I wasn’t sure how it would split so I sawed it. I also ripped off some of the excess wood from the half that I used to save time.
Drawknife to roughly shape the outside of the bowl.
Mora carving knives to freehand the shape and get it symmetrical.
Liogier rasps to even everything out.
Two Hans Karlson palm gouges and two gouges (sweep 3 and 6) from my Peter Benson carving chisel set to hollow out the inside.
Finally everything was sanded through the grits from P80 to P800.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#15 posted 10-08-2016 07:08 PM

Brit, this is a nice piece of work.

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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