Purple heart bowl

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Project by RichCMD posted 12-18-2016 11:11 AM 696 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a purpleheart bowl I made as a wedding gift for the daughter of one of my wife’s best friends. It’s the first time I turned anything this large from purpleheart. I spent a lot of time stopping to resharpen my gouges. The wood wants sharp tools, but it seems to dull them fairly quickly.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-18-2016 12:45 PM

Beautiful bowl. It will be a very nice gift!!

Cheers, Jim

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#2 posted 12-18-2016 06:05 PM

Good looking bowl. I’m sure it will gets lots of loving use.
When my godson got married I made them a large salad bowl and filled it with new but crumpled $1 bills (like lettuce).

The Purple Heart color is different and attractive when freshly cut but it eventually turns “brown”. That change can be slowed by putting on a finish that seals it, like one of the salad bowl finishes (either Behlen’s or General’s). Those finishes also make the bowl more durable and easier to wash. The other problem I have with Purple Heart is the open grain, much like red oak, but that can easily be filled with multiple coats of the finish I mentioned.

-- Les B, Oregon

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