Blue Starburst Bowl

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Project by NightOwl posted 1486 days ago 1749 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The bowl was first turned about 2 months ago and set aside to dry out a bit. This weekend I was able to finish turn the bowl into this final shape. Late last night Alison came up with a nice free hand starburst design to inlay in the top of bowl. This was our first attempt at free hand carving and then inlaying such a large area. We think it came out pretty nice!

Wood: Elm
Stone: Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
Measurements: 7 3/8” diameter x 3 3/8” tall
Opening: 1 1/2” diameter
Weight: 1lb 8.5oz
Finished: 3 stage buffing system (Tripoli, White Diamond, Wax)

-- Bill

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#1 posted 1486 days ago

I think pretty nice is a BIG understatement. I like this one the best.

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#2 posted 1486 days ago

that rocks nice job

-- jim nevada

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#3 posted 1486 days ago

That is a very striking design! I have been entertaining similar inlaying ideas. Would you consider blogging about your process? It appears to be very well executed!


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#4 posted 1486 days ago

THis is just the type of bowl that would make someone want to start turning. It is gorgeous in every way!


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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 1486 days ago

That is a very elegant design and the inlay looks perfect and balanced so nicely. Thanks for sharing.

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

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Les Hastings

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#6 posted 1486 days ago

Looks fantastic Bill, very nice work!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#7 posted 1486 days ago

The inlay on this turns one pleasant looking piece to one very interesting and unusual piece. I think it really adds some quality to it, I would love to have something like this adorn my home.

I aggree with DocT- “Would you consider blogging about your process? It appears to be very well executed!”

-- Theresa,

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#8 posted 1486 days ago

Fantastic job Bill

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 1486 days ago

Pretty nice????? It came out fantastic, you guys are a great team!!!!

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#10 posted 1485 days ago

Thanks for all the great feedback! I’m glad you all like it!

This is our first blog/tutorial so please excuse the grammar/typos… Here is the link.

-- Bill

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Bob Collins

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#11 posted 1485 days ago

The inlay has really added to the bowl. Thanks for the tutorial, very informative and maybe one day.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#12 posted 1485 days ago

Incredible! I have always wanted to venture into hollow form turning, but am very intimidated by it. Ive tried to turn elm before and had a lot of trouble with the end grain tearing out. Is this common for all elm, or did I get a bad log?

-- Aaron Possom Town, TN

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#13 posted 1485 days ago

great collaboration..very pretty

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#14 posted 1484 days ago

Love the form and the turquoise just adds to it that much more. Beautiful work.

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