Infinity Bowl

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Project by scrappy posted 07-17-2010 01:56 AM 2175 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my entry for the contest “FLOW”

I call this my “Infinity Bowl” It has 8 ovals around it that are all touching. Got my inspiration from the infinity symbol, (figure 8 on its side). It represents the FLOW OF TIME. Everything has to answer to time. The tree grew, the logs were cut/milled, I cut and glued them together, then turned the bowl. Every step along the way, TIME was FLOWING past. Now (hopefully) this bowl will last a lifetime. and still time moves on.

Woods used are Walnut and Red Oak. 7 inch Diam X 3 inch Tall. Turned to 1/4 inch wall. 4 coats of Tung Oil/Varnish.

Not real pleased with the way my sections came out. I need to make a better sled for cutting them. (and purchase a belt/disk sander) haha. Hopefully the next one will be better.

Please leave all comments and critiques. I am all ways looking to improve my skills and knowledge.

Thank You for looking.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 07-17-2010 02:12 AM

Great entry Scrappy. Beautiful looking bowl.

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#2 posted 07-17-2010 02:19 AM

Nicely done! I need to get a lathe…

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#3 posted 07-17-2010 02:19 AM

Fantastic, Scrappy! How can I critique it? I don’t even know how you did it!

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

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#4 posted 07-17-2010 02:40 AM

great technique.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#5 posted 07-17-2010 02:44 AM

Well it looks great, Scrappy. How would you have changed it? I’ve never seen a design quite like it. I think you did a wonderful job. That would make anyone pick it up and look it over. Very nice.


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#6 posted 07-17-2010 03:07 AM

Now that is pretty sharp Scrappy. I really like the rings…. How you did it…. I have no idea….lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 07-17-2010 04:06 AM

I think it turned out real nice, can’t wait to start some of my own segmented pieces. It’s wierd how the bowl appears almost octogonal when upside down but is definetly round.

-- RStadler

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#8 posted 07-17-2010 04:28 AM

Thanks for the great comments everyone.

This was a very easy design. It is a 8 piece segment circle. Each piece is walnut/oak/walnut, from inside out (or outside in). When you turn a straight line, it ends up curved. So that is how I got the ovals.

Hope this explains it. Also the bottom is 8 wedges to make up the circle.

imallchakedup,, I noticed that also. Nice optical illusion.

Barbs, I wish that the segments were all identicle, but they very a little. It makes it hard to get the even lines all the way around. Maybe next time.

Thanks again.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#9 posted 07-17-2010 06:08 AM


A great design. Nice job.

Good luck.

-- 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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#10 posted 07-17-2010 06:43 AM

gee scrappy ,

it sure looks good to me ,
what are the chances
of having it come out exact with the wood changing
even within itself as you turn it ,
like that dark pitch pocket ,
there it was waiting for it’s TIME to show up !

-- 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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#11 posted 07-17-2010 08:29 AM

I like the rings too – it almost makes it look like they bubble out.


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#12 posted 07-17-2010 11:00 AM

Great bowl Scrappy!! I would be very pleased with the sections. I don’t see anything that you should be unpleased at all. I think that the joint lines really add to the design..

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

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#13 posted 07-17-2010 12:51 PM

Scrappy, I see nothing but a beautiful bowl…. I like the shape, the choice of wood, the design and the finish. Great Job!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#14 posted 07-17-2010 02:51 PM

Very Nice Dan great work on the bowl.


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#15 posted 07-17-2010 04:17 PM

I think it looks great Scrappy. I haven’t seen a turning quite like that before, it makes for a very cool effect. Well done!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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