Bite Bowl

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Project by kolwdwrkr posted 08-02-2010 05:15 AM 1457 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl was made on a whim. Just looking for something to do. It is made of Mahogany. My brother gave me the mahogany, which was left over from the door he made. I had to cut the piece in half and glue it together to make a piece big enough. Needless to say it never seems to work out when you glue two pieces together. The light reflects off of them differently. But I did the project more for practice then anything. I wanted to see how thin I could get the bowl. The thickness starts at about 3/64ths and goes to about 3/16 ths at the bottom. Gives it a nice stable weight. I have a long way to go before I turn anything of value. I need to learn how to sharpen the tools to cut nice, as well as learn what angles work best for different materials while cutting. I like to turn, but I feel as though it is just something I will never try my best at.
This project looks amatuerish at best. It has a serious glue line, which I don’t understand because I jointed the edges cleanly and used ample clamping preasure. I added pigment to the poor filler and it dyed the entire project, which I refused to sand back to original color. I decided the color was somewhat cool, even though I just wanted to bring out the grain of the piece. Bottom line is that you win some, and lose some. We can’t be good at everything. Turning is something I haven’t had time to work at. Hopefully with time I can make something worth looking at.
As always I welcome constructive criticism, positive or negative.


-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 08-02-2010 07:18 AM

Man I love this!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 08-02-2010 07:51 AM

The turning is quite nice and it’s still got a lot of character and beauty in the wood. I like it, it’s fun and beautiful. That sure is yummy wood!

I’m sorry to see that you’ve had to resort to eating your lumber stock. Can I send you a can of tuna or a jar of peanut butter?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 08-02-2010 08:03 AM

Very nice bowl!! The joint show alright, but looks more like contrast of the grain from here. Might be different up close and personal ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 08-02-2010 09:24 AM

I agree with Topa. The grain is tworads the center of the bowl, where the other half is more straight. It’s still a nice looking bowl. I was wondering how many splinters did you get into your toung biting it?

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

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#5 posted 08-02-2010 10:07 AM

very hard to disguise a joint after it’s turned..remember it is more sideways exposed, thus it’s bigger. If you had cut it over & over & glued together and highlighted the joins, it would appear to be a well thought out bowl!!! Pretty wood and despite all the problems it’s very nice.

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

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#6 posted 08-02-2010 11:11 AM

I can see why you would not be all that pleased- but the actual turning, idea and choice of wood is great. I love the bite mark. As you said tho it is just done on a whim, Did you learn anything -of course you did. So try the whole thing with a solid piece of wood. I am sure the outcome will be a heap better. (this is said by a person who has done very little wood turning !!!!!!!!!! :-) )

-- Theresa,

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#7 posted 08-02-2010 11:26 AM

I love the bowl, it’s elegant and the curves ar really ‘naughty’.
The humor of the bite, I like, but to be honest I think it should have been not in the edge, this makes it look like hiding a faliure, if the edge had been all the way, it would have been even more dirty…
But when this is said – I love it, and I would love to have this beauty standing on my dining table with some fruit inside.
I’m deeply impressed,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 08-02-2010 04:44 PM

Great! I didn’t notice the joint at first look. It doesn’t take anything away from a nice piece of work.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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#9 posted 08-02-2010 08:30 PM

Great job, I love mahogany, I’m guessing you would be an easy dinner guest just bring out a couple scraps of wood and your good LOL just kidding…

I’ve tried my hand at turning and beyond the simple things thats is far as i get… nice job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#10 posted 08-02-2010 09:19 PM

I really really like this. Good for you and a wonderfully fun bowl.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 08-02-2010 11:20 PM

Cool piece. Just add it to your projects and move on. It’s something you did. It’s art…......

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#12 posted 08-03-2010 06:31 AM

I think it came out nice. The wood grain is natural. If you wanted the joint like not to show up as much, you’d really take the time to match it up perfect. It looks good the way it is.

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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#13 posted 08-11-2010 10:07 AM

Now there is a challenge. Nice one.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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