Thonged cherry bowl

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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 09-21-2007 11:53 PM 2229 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Cajunpen asked that I post a failure!
This is one of many, but I recovered it. I’d turned the bowl in wet cherry, hoping for distortion rather than splitting. I hurled in on the firewood pile and then had another look at it some months later. The symmetry of the splits was appealing so I made them into a feature by drilling the holes and lacing with a strip of leather cut from an old school satchel.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 09-22-2007 12:00 AM

Beautiful Save!

Guess you still have to post that failure?

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#2 posted 09-22-2007 12:18 AM

Very interesting. When I was scanning the projects it looked vaguely like a baseball.

-- Chelle

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#3 posted 09-22-2007 12:25 AM

LOL, Stewart. I’m inclined to agree with your first instinct.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 09-22-2007 12:42 AM

I had planned on lacing some leather through some wood.. just hadn’t figured out what the project would be! Never thought of a bowl. This is very interesting.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 09-22-2007 01:36 AM

I too thought it looked liek a baseball :)

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#6 posted 09-22-2007 01:53 AM

not a save, but a spontaneous design change… that just happened to take a while.

Great piece – I love mixed media pieces.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 09-22-2007 03:06 AM

Absolutely beautiful!

I don’t know how could you even think of burning it. And I agree: I still do think that is an artistic rendition of an old, tired and beaten baseball and thought you did it on purpose!

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#8 posted 09-22-2007 03:25 AM

I like it!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#9 posted 09-22-2007 09:10 AM

Well, you still need to post a failure – I know failures, quite well, and that is not one :-)).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 09-22-2007 01:40 PM

The piece flows, almost melts like hot chocolate. I love the look. Your have the eye of an artist, with that eye what need is there for the eye of the tiger :)

<laugh> I am not sure what that meant exactly but I liked the sound of it, as I liked the look of your work.

It would look great in my house. Would you consider selling it?

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#11 posted 09-22-2007 02:46 PM

I have thought of doing something similar to this just for the “whimsy”.
I’m not sure that lacing it with leather would be my first choice. <g>
Have you tried inlaying a set of wood laces?
That’s what I want to do on the next big crack I get.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#12 posted 09-22-2007 09:40 PM

I like this a lot, great save. Have you ever heard of “PEG”? It is used to stabilize green wood for the drying process, it works well on burl and unstable hard to dry wood, mostly used by turners.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#13 posted 09-22-2007 10:08 PM

Couldn’t be a baseball influence, not even subconsciously; I’ve never seen one close up! Not really common in Yorkshire. Snowdog: I checked with my wife & she said no (even though the house is full of wooden bowls!) TreeBones – Thanks for that tip; I have heard of it but never got around to seeking any out. Cajunpen – my major failure six weeks ago involved blood, bandages, stitches and anguish, but I wasn’t in the mood for taking a picture <grin>. I’ll eventually post a pic of the culprit though.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#14 posted 09-23-2007 12:54 AM

A turner friend of mine takes his green turned wood and wraps it in brown paper bags.
He took an aquarium pump and made a manifold that will allow him to put maybe 5 or 6 lines on it.He then puts the lines into his bagged green wood so that the moisture evacuates a lot faster, but uniformly.

Cut his splitting by 90%.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#15 posted 06-08-2008 08:33 AM

Interesting idea. I’ve been toying with the idea of tooled leather with wood.

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

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