The Fruit Bowl

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Some time ago I had to cut a heap of Poplar logs into 5/8” thick boards on the mill. Some of the boards were not up to scratch and I dumped them on the scrap pile. Months later, one board had not only bowed a lot but had also cupped dramatically. This piece of wood wanted to become “The fruit bowl”! It still required a lot of shaping and MANY hours of sanding and since it wasn’t exactly a pretty piece of wood, I stained it very dark. The base and pyramids were made from European Beech. Finish is Danish oil and wax. The piece measures 40” long x 9” high x 5.5” deep.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#1 posted 1558 days ago

This is wonderful and beautiful

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1558 days ago

Great idea, do you have pics from different angles

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#3 posted 1558 days ago

very interesting. looks nice

-- Eric

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#4 posted 1558 days ago

Very cool piece – If you hadn’t told us about the warped/cupped board, I would have assumed you to be even more of a carving master :-) Nice job – Richard

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#5 posted 1558 days ago

wow. From scrap to art. Did you cut tapered mortises for those pyramidal peaks to pass through?


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Tom Goodman

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#6 posted 1558 days ago

This is a great looking Fruit Bowl. 40” long ? . . That a hold a lot of Fruit.

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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#7 posted 1558 days ago

unieck design
hank´s for sharing


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#8 posted 1558 days ago

I think I hear the wood say “Thank you, Thank you, I knew I could be something beautiful in the right hands.”

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

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#9 posted 1558 days ago

Quite beautiful.

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Andy Needles

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#10 posted 1558 days ago

Love it. Warped wood is the most underappreciated resource. We need to make wood into what it is trying to be if we can.

-- rustic andy

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#11 posted 1558 days ago

Very nice use of wood. But the photo is super, how did you do it? Thanks for showing it.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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#12 posted 1558 days ago

KOOL!! It like it :-)) Welcome to LJ.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 1558 days ago

Great piece of art. And on the right table (long and skinny) a very Useful piece.

Keep it up.


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

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#14 posted 1557 days ago

Funny where inspiration comes from. Great job!

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#15 posted 1557 days ago

Thanks guys, glad you like it.
@garysharp: Regarding the photo, I cheat a bit. I take the picture against a white background and I have a spotlight or 2 to create a highlight on the piece. Then I manipulate the pic with Photoshop by “extracting” the piece from its original background and adding a new computer generated background.
@barbs: The mortises are hardly tapered. The dark wood is only about 3/8” thick and quite soft. When I fitted it onto the pyramids it kinda squashes into a tight fit with a rather firm push!!!!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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