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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 07-05-2010 08:03 PM 1807 views 2 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There were two happy surprises that revealed themselves in the creation of this bowl.

First let me say that a while back I purchased a dozen assorted blanks from a seller on eBay. They came coated in wax and quite unidentifiable as to species, so every time I begin to turn one I never really know what I’m going to get. So the first surprise came as soon as I started turning this little gem and discovered it had some beautiful spalting. I love that in a piece of wood. :-)

The second surprise, believe it or not, did not reveal itself to me until I looked at my photographs of the piece. I had glued a piece of walnut on to one end of the blank to give the bowl a contrasting rim. Strangely enough, the grain on the walnut rim is an excellent match for the rest of the blank. It almost looks like a single piece of wood that suddenly changes color! I’d love to say that it was great planning and execution on my part, but it was pure happenstance. Mother Nature can be quote amazing, can’t she?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"





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majeagle1

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#1 posted 07-05-2010 08:08 PM

Wow Charlie, that is amazing…............ You couldn’t have planned it better.
This is one beautiful bowl, I love the spalted wood / walnut combination…..

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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Mary Anne

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#2 posted 07-05-2010 08:14 PM

Looks cool, Charlie.
You can plan for that effect next time.

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patron

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#3 posted 07-05-2010 08:17 PM

great surprise , charlie ,

and the shape is well done ,

they compliment each otherl .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Karson

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#4 posted 07-05-2010 08:21 PM

Charlie:

An amazing find. That’s a great epiphany moment.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#5 posted 07-05-2010 08:22 PM

I love the wood combination… Great job!

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SPalm

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#6 posted 07-05-2010 08:40 PM

Sweet. I really like it.

You should rename it Ouija Bowl.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Richard

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#7 posted 07-05-2010 08:43 PM

Nice job on the matching, you could of gotten away with saying that you tried this new staining technique of yours.

Well done.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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Bearpie

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#8 posted 07-05-2010 08:50 PM

NICE job Charlie, that was accidentally well planned?

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Gary88

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#9 posted 07-05-2010 09:12 PM

Very nice bowl , Charlie

-- Gary, MN

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hairy

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#10 posted 07-05-2010 09:13 PM

I’d rather be lucky than good. Nice job on the bowl. I need to try some contrast, thanks for showing it.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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degoose

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#11 posted 07-05-2010 10:34 PM

I stand in awe of both You and the old girl… mother nature.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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fineamerican

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#12 posted 07-05-2010 10:35 PM

Wow that does look one walnut/maple tree. You did that on purpose ;)

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina, www.thomaswoodworker.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 07-05-2010 11:19 PM

It looks like they were grafted together, & grew that way, AWESOME!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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PurpLev

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#14 posted 07-05-2010 11:48 PM

that grain match is quite incredible. you should have bought 1 lottery ticket that day…

nice bowl. the grain, spalt, shape, colors, and finish are really nice and welcoming

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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CharlieM1958

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#15 posted 07-06-2010 12:02 AM

Thanks, everybody.

I forgot to mention the finish is wipe-on poly (oil-based).

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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