Purple heart & maple bowl

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Project by georgieporgie posted 02-20-2017 05:33 AM 1333 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made another bowl that is mostly purple heart with maple accents and maple veneer between the segments. It came out well, but I don’t plan to turn purple heart again if I can help it. It is too hard to carve well, and I sometimes get some tear out at the segment joints. Slowing down the lathe helps. Thanks for taking a look, George

-- - George: Richland, Washington

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#1 posted 02-20-2017 05:38 AM

Nice bowl, George. Purple heart is a tough wood to turn sometimes.

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#2 posted 02-20-2017 07:54 AM


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#3 posted 02-20-2017 12:57 PM

looks great!!

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#4 posted 02-20-2017 02:03 PM

Absolutely beautiful.
I love purple heart.
Your colour contrast is excellent.
Thanks for sharing.


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#5 posted 02-20-2017 03:20 PM

The color and design looks great. I’ve also turned purple heart and it definitely can be tricky to turn but the final result is worth the effort. Nicely done.

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#6 posted 02-20-2017 07:23 PM

great piece

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#7 posted 02-20-2017 08:43 PM

Very nice!

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#8 posted 02-20-2017 09:05 PM

Nice work. I love segmented bowls. how did all the purple heart turn ?

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#9 posted 02-20-2017 11:34 PM

Nice work. I love segmented bowls. how did all the purple heart turn ?

- rockmolsen

I have turned purple heart spindles with not much problem, but turning it with the grain is not pleasant. It is brittle and makes a lot of dust. It sure comes out pretty though. Take care, George

-- - George: Richland, Washington

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#10 posted 02-20-2017 11:36 PM

Thank you everyone for the nice comments. Lumberjocks is a very positive place to post! Take care, George

-- - George: Richland, Washington

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#11 posted 02-21-2017 12:44 AM

Very nice

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#12 posted 02-21-2017 03:21 PM


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#13 posted 02-23-2017 09:07 AM

great work, a real beauty!

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