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Bowl "The Normal"(?) OR "Christmas

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 12-28-2016 06:44 AM 847 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When VIMH said,

”Can you make a ‘NORMAL, ROUND’ bowl?”

I said,

”I think so.”

It’s round, anyhow. Normal? I don’t know.

I set out with a log. Do you see the wrinkles in photo #4? I know, when I see things like that, there’s something going on in there. I fichiseled the bulk of the bark off before I mounted it.

I took to it with my cool new chainsaw and squared off one end and got me a blank. Then, I mounted it on the wormscrew and started looking for a shape. I wanted to make it ROUND, without making it any SMALLER than need be.

This, again, is Jacaranda. As I said in the last piece, Jacaranda is, by and large, fairly featureless. Yet, there are spots where some kind of stress has happened. These spots are what I look for. They realy provide some interesting eye candy in this otherwise drab wood.

Keep an eye on the area at the bottom of photos #1 & 2, and around the inclusion above the bark in #4. The grain-crossing area in #s 1 & 2 also rendered some very nice chetoyance. You can see it starting to emerge, even before tool mark removal and sanding. Yes, MUCH sanding was involved, here. Dealing with so much end-grain, it can’t be avoided.

MUCH sanding.

(The different tone in #4 is because of lighting, shot at night, under incandescent light.)

Polished up, even end-grain can get pretty.

I turned the bottom, knowing I probably wouldn’t return to it, and flipped it into the 2” jaws, and cut out all that perfectly good wood from inside that might’ve made a nice bowl. (SOMEDAY, mebbees, I’ll have a coring system.)
The proof that this wood is well-seasoned, after a couple years on the shelf, is in the fact that I managed to get it down to about 3/16” without cracking. I hit the bark with WOP, before I got into it.

”Goodbye, ‘NORMAL.’ Welcome back, Live-edge.”

Two wrongs NEVER make a right. But, three lefts ALWAYS make a right.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark





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CFrye

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#1 posted 12-28-2016 07:01 AM

I like your version of Normal, Mark! It looks very touchable, all your sanding work payed off greatly!

-- God bless, Candy

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 12-28-2016 07:04 AM

Golly! Thanks, Candy.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 12-28-2016 08:54 AM

Nice woodturning. Thank you for the detailed work process documentation.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#4 posted 12-28-2016 11:45 AM

Looks pretty normal to me Mark, for your projects that is! Nice bit of turning, I really like the final result. Well done.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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JoeinGa

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#5 posted 12-28-2016 01:04 PM

So I was following along nicely, then you hit me with “chetoyance” ...

ANNNND you lost me !

But still a beautiful bowl comes out at the end ! Nice job Bud !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 12-28-2016 01:46 PM

Looking good Mark.
That Jacaranda is lovely wood.

Bob

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 12-28-2016 02:12 PM

Good find Mark. Looking for anything other than a straight log is the way to go.

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

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luv2learn

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#8 posted 12-28-2016 03:24 PM

The end result is great. Just liked you planned it right? LOL!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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lew

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#9 posted 12-28-2016 03:29 PM

I like the shape and that lovely contrast on the side where the bark goes from top to bottom.

Nicely Done!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 12-28-2016 08:26 PM

Looks normal to me! Very nice bowl.

-- Live, lathe, and prosper. - William Gwin

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Tooch

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#11 posted 12-28-2016 08:39 PM

i like it mark, very fitting to your style.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#12 posted 12-28-2016 10:28 PM

Great job.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#13 posted 12-28-2016 10:34 PM

Nice job buddy.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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woodshaver Tony C

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#14 posted 12-28-2016 11:47 PM

Nice Job! I really like how you present your projects Mark!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Mark Wilson

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#15 posted 12-28-2016 11:50 PM



So I was following along nicely, then you hit me with “chetoyance” ...

ANNNND you lost me !

Thanks, Joe. Can you say, “Dictionary?”
http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base/Chatoyance.html

But still a beautiful bowl comes out at the end ! Nice job Bud !

- JoeinGa


-- Mark

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