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Project by John posted 01-20-2018 09:37 PM 915 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two bowls from a Yellow Cedar Burl. The large bowl is 14” D X 7.5” H. The smaller is 11” D X 4.25” H. When I started turning the burl I was concerned that it would split in two. The bark seam seemed to go right through it. When I cored the smaller bowl out I was happy to see it stay in one piece. I did super glue the seams in both bowls once I had them roughed out. Both finished the same, a coat of Boiled Linseed oil and many coats of wipe on poly.

The faller who gave me this burl cut it off before the tree was skidded or handled too much, so the bark stayed in good shape. The next Yellow Cedar Burl I’ll be working on had pretty much all the bark ripped off.

I chose the Poly finish since it blends right in with any super glue that might be exposed. I figured it would help keep the bark on as well. I did spend time picking the moss off the bark, the burl must have been on the North side of the tree.

A note to anyone who wants to try a poly finish, if this bowl gets scratched by a ring or something else, I find it easy to repair, a bit of sanding and applying the poly again just in that area. The finish does protect the wood. That being said I like the way it goes on other woods better, the next Yellow Cedar Burl I mentioned will have either an oil or a wax finish.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.





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DMiller

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#1 posted 01-20-2018 09:55 PM

Looks great!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#2 posted 01-20-2018 10:14 PM

Was that the one in the Driveway? Turned out real nice!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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John

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#3 posted 01-20-2018 10:19 PM

Thanks Dale.

Thanks Andre, I think the one you are referring to should give me a 23” bowl, plus 3 or 4 cored ones.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 01-20-2018 11:20 PM

A couple of real nice bowls John, you did well keeping the bark in tac, both are a decent size, nice result
cheers
pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 01-21-2018 12:59 AM

Spinning a 14’’ blank with a crack is some scary stuff. Great job keeping them together. The wipe on poly looks perfect.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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ralbuck

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#6 posted 01-21-2018 01:59 AM

Very well done.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 01-21-2018 02:08 AM

That does make a nice finish, nice that you have a fried that will save you the burls.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 01-21-2018 02:30 AM

Real nice bowls John. next bowl I do I’m going to try your finish technique

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#9 posted 01-21-2018 09:44 AM

I have nothing to say. I have no words.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 01-21-2018 12:39 PM

Wow! John, this is a beautiful bowl and the wood is wonderful. It’s a fantastic eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#11 posted 01-21-2018 01:58 PM

How can you not like these? They are gorgeous! Amazing finish too!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 01-21-2018 02:46 PM

John
I am just echoing the comments of everyone else but both bowls are very pretty. I like the color of the wood and your finish is perfect. Great job.

I have not perfected your finish method yet. I’ll keep on trying until I get good results.

wcp

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#13 posted 01-21-2018 04:12 PM

Great looking natural edge bowls!!

Jim

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

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#14 posted 01-21-2018 05:56 PM

Beautiful Bowl! Congrats on the Daily Top Three!

Rick

-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#15 posted 01-21-2018 08:49 PM

Thanks guys. Brian, I always give something back to people who drop wood off. In this case, my wife coached his daughter in basketball, very nice way of saying thanks!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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