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Lidded bowl from Staghorn Sumac

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Project by JoeinDE posted 11-11-2016 03:37 PM 372 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Turned from a spot on the tree very close to the roots, this bowl has some really interesting character to it. My coworker pointed out that the growth lines in the first picture look like a chalice. The finish is mineral oil. The bottom section is 5” diameter and the whole assembly is 5.5” tall with the “knob” on the top. The orange tones in the wood have faded a little relative to when I first cut the bowl blank, but they are still there if you look closely.

Being a softwood, this wood is difficult to get a smooth surface and required about 5s as much sanding/scraping as maple for example. The end result is worth it though as I really like the way that this wood looks.

The staghorn sumac grows on the stream next to my house and is a relatively fast growing tree that is not related to poison sumac. I’ve been told that you can make tea from the berries of the staghorn sumac, but I have never tried.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools





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ZAGREB

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#1 posted 11-11-2016 03:40 PM

beautiful work,beautiful wood,realy like it

-- bambi

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JoeinDE

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#2 posted 11-11-2016 04:17 PM



beautiful work,beautiful wood,realy like it

- ZAGREB


Thanks.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#3 posted 11-11-2016 05:28 PM

That’s a great looking bowl Joe. I have turned some and pictures do not do it justice and sanding is a pain.
If you ever finish one with lacquer you will see a lot of different color coming from the grain.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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JoeinDE

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#4 posted 11-11-2016 06:02 PM



That s a great looking bowl Joe. I have turned some and pictures do not do it justice and sanding is a pain.
If you ever finish one with lacquer you will see a lot of different color coming from the grain.

- doubleDD


Thanks for the tip. I’ll try that on my next one.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#5 posted 11-11-2016 08:40 PM

Joe, this is a beautiful piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#6 posted 11-11-2016 11:33 PM

Outstanding piece!!!!!!!!!!! Love that grain!!

Jim

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

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#7 posted 11-12-2016 09:32 AM

Beautiful! Great work, Joe!

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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#8 posted 11-12-2016 11:53 PM

have never seen staghorn turned. that is beautiful. good work. if you want more info about brewing a beverage from the berries, try and find a book by euell gibbons. he was where i found about it.

-- wiser1934, new york

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#9 posted 11-13-2016 03:11 PM

It is pleasant to me…............

-- Ganchik Sasha

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