"Punch" Bowl

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Project by DocT posted 06-24-2010 12:25 AM 1482 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another experiment in texture. I’m not terribly fond of the overall form. I do, however, like that the bowl will rest on its side. My goal was to try this technique on a wide expanse without having to do the whole bowl.

To form the bumps, I fashioned a small round punch on the grinder and then hammered the punch around the rim leaving a trail of moderate sized dents. Next, I thinned the rim with my bowl gouge and sandpaper until the dents were all but gone. After ten to fifteen minutes submerged in boiling water, the bumps have decompressed.

While this turned out better than my previous attempt, there is room for improvement. The things to keep in mind:
1) the bowl needs to be thoroughly dry prior to denting; otherwise, some of the dents will decompress on their own prior to sanding (leaving uneven pimples)
2) endgrain behaves differently than edgegrain
3) Any tearing of fibers while punching is nearly impossible to correct

The bowl is made from American Elm, stands 3 1/2” tall and is 7 1/2” diameter.


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#1 posted 06-24-2010 01:37 AM

that’s neat, I like the texture and would like to experiment myself with different things.

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#2 posted 06-24-2010 02:19 AM

Interesting technique. Are you turning with green wood?

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#3 posted 06-24-2010 04:08 AM

Smart stuff. I like the pattern.

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#4 posted 06-24-2010 05:55 AM

I want to try that ,seems like a great texture for a box.

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#5 posted 06-24-2010 06:13 AM

Great idea! It worked!


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#6 posted 06-24-2010 01:20 PM

Very interesting technique..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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