Two Bowls for an Exhibit

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Project by mike posted 11-06-2007 03:23 PM 2260 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Deck the Walls Exhibit and Show at Maryland Hall in Annapolis runs from Nov 9th through Dec 24th. Sales from this show benefit Maryland performing arts. You can find them at

Anyway, so I created two different turnings for the event shown here from your viewing pleasure.

Bowl #1 – Shallow natural edge bowl in Manzanita Burl approximately 6” in diameter and a little over 2.5” tall.
First two pictures show the front and the back of this turning.

Bowl #2 – Green turned from a piece of Ornamental Cherry from a tree removed from a neighbor’s yard. The bowl is approximately 6” in diameter and about 5” tall.

Both bowls have a Tung Oil finish and were buffed and polished using the Beal Buffing System.

Thanks for looking.
Cheers – Mike

-- Mike, Maryland,

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#1 posted 11-06-2007 03:27 PM

Looks great Mike. Good luck at the exhibition.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 11-06-2007 03:45 PM


both bowls are simply extraordinary

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#3 posted 11-06-2007 04:25 PM

Really nice finish on the bowls.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 11-06-2007 08:38 PM

Very Nice bowls, I especially like the deep cherry bowl, do you have a profile photograph for that bowl?

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#5 posted 11-06-2007 09:33 PM

Thanks all for the feedback.

tony unfortunately I had to rush these to make the exhibit deadline – did not get a profile shot. You can tell somewhat from the back view attached here. Sort of an inverted lampshade.
Ornamental Cherry Bowl - Revese View

The fun part of this project was that the shop smelled of cinnamon while the bowl blank was still wet.

The cherry bowl is twice turned – tree blank was cut in mid-September

Cheers Mike

-- Mike, Maryland,

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#6 posted 11-06-2007 10:46 PM

These are exquisite!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 11-07-2007 02:39 AM

Very nice turnings Mike. Good luck at the exhibit. jockmike2

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 11-07-2007 04:52 AM

Very beautiful.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 11-07-2007 05:04 AM

Nice work! Hope you do well at the show!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#10 posted 11-07-2007 06:14 AM

Pretty bowls! How thick did you leave the burl bowl? Also, was that one turned green too?

I have some Hawthorne that I think is gonna turn similar to your manzanita – but I’m just too plain scared to turn it yet!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 11-07-2007 06:23 AM

Really excellent, Mike.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 11-07-2007 01:00 PM

Very impressive turnings.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#13 posted 11-07-2007 01:53 PM


Burl was a dry slab I had acquired to make someone a wall clock, but the concept was way too tacky and gave them something else.

The burl vessel ended up about 1/4” thick mainly was concerned of the structural integrity due to all the cracks and voids and there were 2 voids right over where the chuck jaws were gripping the tenon and was concerned that I’d hit the jaws with the bowl tools.

Also worth noting that the majority of the hollowing process was done using a Rolly Munro hollowing tool.

Thanks all for the comments

Cheers Mike

-- Mike, Maryland,

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#14 posted 11-08-2007 05:09 AM

Beautiful! I love turnings but don’t have a lathe. I love these. Thanks for sharing.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#15 posted 11-08-2007 05:54 AM

I’ll have to investigate that Rolly Munro tool – no clue, but I’ll find out! Thanks for the details on the burl bowl.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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