Bowl 04122017

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 04-12-2017 08:20 PM 1565 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the comments of the Blog on this piece, Candy asked why VIMH proclaimed, after I blew the Lacquer on the bottom of the bowl, that it was a mistake. VIMH was fixated on the way the Lacquer streamed up the sides of the bowl. So was I, at first.
I had finished the outside of the bowl and was done with it. And now, it looked like I was going to have to re-finish it.
My first inclination was, of course to try, carefully, to remove those streaks. I went to the 400 sandpaper. No joy. The 320 seemed to knock it down, but the ghosts remained. Now, I really, really didn’t want to have to take it down to bare naked wood, and start over on the outside finish, at this late stage in the process. The problem with that notion is that what’s left of the foot (the erstwhile plinth, or tenon) couldn’t be trusted, if I had to remount it to re-finish the outside. (Note to those who know a lot more about Lacquer than I, at this point in time: It didn’t even cross my mind that there must be some way to remove the Lacquer from the bottom of the bowl while it was still in its un-cured state. I’ve been a Shellac man, almost from the start, and, had Shellac been the substance in question, it would have been almost automatic for me to simply grab the alcohol and wipe it off. Alas, my mind and VIMH had a moment adrift.)
That’s when I noticed that the streaks kinda looked like grass at the base of a tree. (What I’ve spent the last fifteen minutes trying to describe here took place, in real time, almost instantaneously.)
I turned my head, and saw my woodburning pen, where it sat, still cooling off. I turned it back on. I pulled out one of my carving knives and etched through the “streak ghosts,” to give the pen some guidance. This is nothing new – many’s the time I’ve seen such effects applied to turnings and other Things. The difference, if I’m not mistaken, is the way the concept barged into the space in my head and demanded to be heard.
So, there you have it. A little pyromaniacal cover-up of something that may, otherwise, have brought this piece to a frustrated end.
Briefly, now, a word about how I managed to not have to do a complete re-finish on the outside:
Instead of spraying the Lacquer on the bowl, while it spun on the lathe, I did this:
I got the burning done,

and removed it from the Longworth chuck.

I went digging around in the Dungeon for a box that I could turn upside down on the only thing I have to use as a Lazy Susan. There’s a kind of a pile of various boxes – some empty, some that I’ve used, over time, to store wet pieces of wood in shavings – in the area behind my router table. This is where I’m looking for a small box, to use as a platform for spraying. I found one.

I also found, in the search for a box, a chunk of Peach that I’d forgotten about. I sat it on the lathe and began cogitating on it, then, working on it, between the Lacquer coats outside. So, here’s how that looked. Think of it as a tease for the next Thing. It’s coming along quite nicely, I think.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 04-12-2017 08:30 PM

You have catch the wood fiber very well,nice bowl.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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#2 posted 04-12-2017 08:32 PM

Amazing bowl, Mark!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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woodshaver Tony C

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#3 posted 04-12-2017 08:41 PM

Wow! All that went into this was well worth it. Glad you stayed with this one! It’s Stunning!
I see a face in the 1st picture.

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

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#4 posted 04-12-2017 08:45 PM

Very impressive Mark.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 04-12-2017 08:54 PM

Cool bowl, Mark!!

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

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#6 posted 04-12-2017 09:17 PM

I think the burned “grass” complements the natural lines of the bark inclusions nicely.

Well done, Mark!

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

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#7 posted 04-12-2017 09:18 PM

as always your artestry shines in this one,just beautiful buddy.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#8 posted 04-12-2017 09:58 PM

There is always a way around a perceived challenge Mark :-)
The answer here has come up trumps

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 04-12-2017 10:53 PM

There’s some saying about when life gives you lemons you make lemonade. You did even better than that, my friend. Part of the fun of any project is finding out what’s really there waiting to be discovered. Nicely done!

-- Brent H. --"This retirement stuff is hard work. I need to go get a job so I can get some rest!"

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#10 posted 04-12-2017 10:56 PM

The saying, “go with the flow” seems appropriate here Mark. Great looking bowl.

-- 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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#11 posted 04-12-2017 11:00 PM

Sorry Mark, I simply refuse to accept your apology for this. Try as you might, beg, cry, bribe, it won’t convince me to change my mind. Why? Because plain and simple – you have nothing to apologize for. THIS IS A GREAT PROJECT!
(Just remember – an artist never makes a mistake, it is artistic expression.) The wood was leading you in the right direction and your Muse was there to deliver a swift kick in the teeth to that doubting VIYH. Never confuse them, they are not one in the same – remember that as you ponder the Peach.

Take care buddy,


-- Leafherder

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Mark Wilson

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#12 posted 04-12-2017 11:47 PM

I am deeply moved by all your kind comments.
Lee, another one goes: When life gives you lemonade, made lemons. Life’ll be all, ‘WHAAAAT???’”

-- Mark

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#13 posted 04-13-2017 01:13 AM

Great job Mark, an excellent “Save”.
You truly are a man of inspiration.


-- 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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#14 posted 04-13-2017 01:24 AM

I didn’t understand what you did in the first place to get all uptight about. What ever it was, do it again. Or tell me and I will try it. This one is at the top of the charts. Going to town tomorrow, was going to send you my prototype, but made you a brand new one today and videoed the process.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#15 posted 04-13-2017 02:15 AM

Well worth the extra effort Mark, turned out a great looking bowl.

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

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