Peyoke Medicine Bowl

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Project by TedM posted 03-15-2010 05:56 PM 2215 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a recent turning that I did for our local woodturning competition. It’s called Peyoke Medicine Bowl.

The Peyoke Medicine Bowl is a tribal mortar and pestle. A mortar and pestle is a tool used to crush, grind and mix, in this case, medicinal herbs and plants. The mortar, which is almost 6″ in diameter and 3″ tall, is the bowl and the pestle, which is just over 5″ long and 1 1/2″ thick at it’s widest, is the bat-shaped stick that is used for grinding and pounding the herbs and plants in the dish of the mortar, creating either a powder or paste that would be used as herbal remedies.

To aid in holding, both the mortar and pestle have been textured by burning. For the appearance of frequent use over the course of generations these areas have been hand stained to a warm, brown, contrasting with the original Maple.

btw – It placed 3rd in the Novice class! Woohoo! :)

Thanks for allowing me to share.

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#1 posted 03-15-2010 07:30 PM

I really like what you did with the texturing and selective staining on this piece. Great job and congrats on your 3rd place finish!

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#2 posted 03-15-2010 08:17 PM

I like that you carried the texture up to the pestle

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#3 posted 03-15-2010 10:49 PM

Very nice and orginal. Thanks for sharing this it is great!

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#4 posted 03-16-2010 12:32 AM

very nice

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#5 posted 03-16-2010 08:59 AM

Lovely piece. Well done

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#6 posted 03-16-2010 08:07 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments! I appreciate it!

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#7 posted 10-15-2010 08:41 PM

Those are some really cool looking pieces. Nice work on them!!! Thanks for sharing…...

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

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