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Project by Mlke posted 06-30-2010 04:16 PM 1382 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My biggest bowl, 9”x5” made out of camphor.
has three coats of tung oil and a coat of pastewax.
it was turned green, and when it dried it warped a bit.. originally it had beeswax, but when i was buffing the beeswax, it popped of the lathe and left two dents in the wood.. so i had to return it
LOVEE the wood haha :)
any questions or comments are verry welcome.
Thanks, Mike

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 06-30-2010 04:55 PM

super looking bowl

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#2 posted 06-30-2010 06:47 PM

I love Camphor wood. Did it retain its smell after all the oiling and finishing? In January, 1962 a hard freeze struck in New Orleans and stayed for nearly a week. The temperature hit twelve degrees and Camphor trees with trunks three feet in diameter were killed to the ground. For months that spring there was the aroma of camphor in all the neighborhoods as they cut down the trees. I would look at the wood and think someone should do something with all that. Wish you had been around then. You could have turned out a zillion of these gorgeous bowls. I think the imperfections only enhance its charm, giving it a rustic, utilitarian look that makes me want to start cooking for some reason. I know-it’s that everday charm of a much-used item that you got from your grandma. Just waiting to be filled with a load of hot biscuits for the family, or apples just off the tree piled up in it. (I’m a firm believer in “You don’t sell steak, you sell the sizzle.”) You’ve turned out an absolutely lovely, charming bowl that reveals the craftsman’s hand, and I want it…

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#3 posted 06-30-2010 08:17 PM

Nice bowl, I too, love Camphor wood but I can’t take it too many days in a row! So I turn it once in a while as I love the way the wood turns and finishes. I am working on a Camphor hollow vessel and am still in the process of finishing it. I am using tung oil this time and waiting for it to be absorbed into the wood before I put a shiny finish on it. Keep on turning!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Gnome

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#4 posted 06-30-2010 10:38 PM

I am interested in what you feel is the advantage of using tung oil to prep wood objects, and why you choose it over other options.

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scrappy

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#5 posted 07-01-2010 01:32 AM

Great bowl. Love the wood and great shape.

Keep it up.

Scrappy

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Mlke

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#6 posted 07-01-2010 02:19 AM

Thanks everyone!
Gnome: i honestly dont remember if it’s retained it’s smell, im on vacation. So i’ll check when i get back. And i used tung because well honestly ive heard it being used alot so i decided to try it out haha but it actually did make it shinier, and it brought out the grain a bit. And ive also heard linseed can get moldy so i just kinda stuck with tung.

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer

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Gnome

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#7 posted 07-01-2010 02:43 AM

Thanks for the reply. One more question-who ended up with this bowl? Sorry, I’m wordy and write short stories, so fleshing out the details brings the projects alive for me and gives them a life of their own. Like most works of art, they pass out of our hands, especially if we’re trying to make a living with them.

-- Gnettie the Gnome

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Mlke

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#8 posted 07-01-2010 04:12 AM

Im not too sure yet what im gonna do with this bowl. It was originally intended to go to my grandma in wisconsin, but i was told by the friend who gave the wood to me that it would be put into somekind of show? I dont know yet..
Sorry? That was a pretty cool srory, i liked it very much, thanks :)

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer

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Gnome

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#9 posted 07-01-2010 12:03 PM

Ha! I knew there was a grandma’ in there connected to this bowl. Maybe you could name it after her. Nice that it’s going into a show. She will have bragging rights when she finally gets it, and hopefully it will be hers eventually. I know I love everything my son makes for me. Just knowing he has made it himself makes me feel closer to him. He and one of my grandsons worked on one item together, so I get o brag about that and think of them every time I look at it. And, he gets first dibs on inheriting anything he makes for me so he can keep it in his own family to pass onto his children. You might ask her to do the same for you with this bowl. You might sign and date it in the wood on the bottom to make it official. I’m amazed at how many wood workers don’t think it’s important to sign and date their work, putting their brand on it in some way like any work of art. What painter wouldn’t sign his canvas?

-- Gnettie the Gnome

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#10 posted 07-02-2010 02:06 AM

Very nice bowl Mike.

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Mlke

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#11 posted 07-08-2010 05:57 PM

Gnome: the bowl just barely retained the smell, i mean it’s still smell-able, but not nearly as much as it was with out the finish.
Thanks again everyone, Mike

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer

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