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Large Oak Natural Edge Bowl

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Project by Alin Dobra posted 2491 days ago 1473 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a natural edge, end-grain bowl I made from an oak that was cut in my neighbourhood. It is almost 14” on it’s largest dimension and only about 1/8” thick. Since I turned it green and it is so thin, when it dried it bent in a unique fashion.

I got into woodturning about 1 1/2 years ago and I made almost exclusively end-grain bowls. I try, as much as possible, to keep the bark on since it makes the bowl look so unique. If you will look at my other woodturnings, you will see that they are all unique. I am always surprised by the grain and the final shape of these bowls.

Since I turn these bowls green, there is virtually no dust. When I send them in preparation for finishing, I use the dust collection hose close by to pick almost all the dust. The bowls have to be sanded when dry, otherwise they will remain fuzzy and dull.

-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida





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David

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#1 posted 2491 days ago

Alin -

I really like the wavey shape and delicate lines! Very nice.

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Dan'um Style

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#2 posted 2491 days ago

very pretty bowl. I know how hard it is to turn something so thin. a real challenge

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frank

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#3 posted 2491 days ago

Hello Alin;
—-sharp lookin’ ‘live edge’ on the oak bowl….

What type of finish are you using here?

Thank you.
GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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cajunpen

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#4 posted 2491 days ago

Beautiful bowl Alin. You’ve got this technique pretty well mastered. Great grain pattern.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Alin Dobra

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#5 posted 2491 days ago

Frank,

I used linseed oil that I buffed and waxed. On some of the newer bowl I use now shellac.

I’ll post more bowls soon.

Alin

-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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snowdog

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#6 posted 2491 days ago

I am just getting into turning and this looks really nice and very hard to do :)

How do you keep it from slitting apart as it dries?

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

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MsDebbieP

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#7 posted 2491 days ago

right up my alley.
Love it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Alin Dobra

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#8 posted 2491 days ago

The trick to prevent cracking is to have a thin, uniform wall thickness. Since all end-grain natural edge bowl have the pith as part of the bowl (cannot avoid it like in other types of turning), you will have some cracking. What I do is fill in the crack with epoxy mixed with saw-dust before I send the whole project. The fix will sand nicely and nobody will know the difference (unless they do the same thing for their work).

Really, what you need to do is lots of practice. For the first 1/2 year, I was breaking most of the bowls I was making. After a while, you get the hang of it and it starts to work better.

Since there might be more interest on this website on how to do this type of bowls, when I make the next one I’ll take pictures and post a blog entry with all the details.

Alin

-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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mot

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#9 posted 2491 days ago

Very nice, Alin. I really like bowls like this!

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

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jockmike2

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#10 posted 2490 days ago

Very nice bowl from a fellow turner. I’ve turned some thin bowls, only one maple about that thin made it. Great job. Can’t wait to see more. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Karson

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#11 posted 2490 days ago

Nice Looking Bowls. The natural movement makes them more unreal.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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dennis mitchell

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#12 posted 2490 days ago

Just beautiful!

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Lupo

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#13 posted 1614 days ago

Incredible. That is my next challenge!

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