Elm Bowl

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Project by 4woodturning posted 05-14-2010 12:02 AM 1791 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a piece of Elm with a little spalt in the sap wood. I turned it wet to a 1/4” thick by 9.25” round and 4” tall. I usually don’t turn a bowl that size so thick but i wanted it to have some weight to this one. Once it finished drying, it warped into an oval shape now 9.75” X 9” but not much moment around foot of the bowl, so it still rests nicely. Being a wood turner for many years the warping was part of my design…..ya right…lol. Then I finished it with 6 coats of wipe-on poly sanded with 400 git between each 2 coats, after 5 days or so i will buff it with the Beall buffing system. Thank you for taking the time to look.

all comments are welcome and appreciated.

-- Jeff, Missouri ,"Just because your not bleeding, dont mean your turning safely!"..............

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#1 posted 05-14-2010 05:09 AM

Nice bowl. I think it looks great. Lot of Elm around here and this shows how nice the wood can be!

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#2 posted 05-14-2010 05:31 AM

Great work Jeff !!! You should post your pedestal hollow form here too.

Later, Mike

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 05-14-2010 07:23 AM

Fantastic bowl. Love the grain. I like to see how wood moves when it dries. Always interesting. Nice design and turn.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#4 posted 05-14-2010 07:23 AM

great bowl

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#5 posted 05-14-2010 01:13 PM

Great bowl -

Elm is an under-appreciated wood. Virtually ever elm turning I have seen has an interesting grain.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 05-14-2010 05:06 PM

Very nice bowl. I grew up in Utica, NY which was known as the city of Elms at one time. Dutch Elm disease killed almost all. Glad to see that there are resistant species making a come-back.

-- Bill Roberts -- Steal one idea it's called plagerism. Steal a bunch - it's called research

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#7 posted 05-15-2010 02:47 AM

Great looking Bowl, that elm has some nice grain.

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#8 posted 10-08-2010 09:35 PM

Is that from a branch of the main trunk? I cut an elm down myself 2 years ago. The tree was 87 years old and around 22’’ across the base. Where did you get yours?

Love the finish too!

-- I only WISH I could do this for a living. Problem is I don't want to sell anything I make!

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