Valentine's Heart

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Project by swirlsandburls posted 02-27-2010 01:42 AM 1906 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had purchased a pretty large walnut crotch some time ago, and finally cut it into blanks. I decided to rough out a large bowl, then tried the alcohol drying method. Well, something went wrong and the thing went WAY oval, with several decent sized cracks. It went so oval that I could not make the rim the same thickness all around, despite leaving a very thick section in the roughed blank. Likewise, the thickness was all over the place. Turning the finished piece both round and the same thickness throughout would have destroyed the blank. So, I compromised, going very thin in one section. Well, I went too thin! I put an area of “negative space” below the rim. A real mess, actually. I decided this piece was now going to become my first carving. After putting a shape, the thing was off-balance, so I decided to carve a heart (also out of walnut) in order to make the whole carving into a Valentine’s present for my wife, who adores walnut. I decided to dye the heart a muted red to add interest, and took the whole thing to a high gloss with a tung-oil and urethane varnish mix I concocted. Well, she loved it, and it now resides in the dining room. The bowl is about 16” in dia. x 5” high.

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#1 posted 02-27-2010 01:56 AM

Very nice bowl.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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#2 posted 02-27-2010 02:23 AM

If she get tired of it give me a shout…........ You did a great job on this one….. Well done .

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#3 posted 02-27-2010 04:01 AM

Great job!

-- Bill

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#4 posted 02-27-2010 04:13 AM

You did another beauty, she should love it.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#5 posted 02-27-2010 07:19 AM

that bowl looks absolutely stunning… well done…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#6 posted 02-27-2010 08:57 AM

Fantastic work. The finish is marvelous!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 02-27-2010 04:14 PM

Great save, great bowls, are born from great oppurtunity.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#8 posted 02-27-2010 07:09 PM

Wonderful save of a beautiful piece of wood. Good lesson in why we should all stay flexible and take what the wood gives us instead of giving up when the original idea just doesn’t work out.

-- Bill Roberts -- Steal one idea it's called plagerism. Steal a bunch - it's called research

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#9 posted 04-03-2010 03:40 PM

the figure of the burl and the addition of the cutout and dyed heart make for one captivating piece!... just beautiful!

-- Steve-

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