A favourite bowl

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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 11-24-2007 12:13 AM 1468 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In many ways, It was hard to part with this bowl, but we know it’s gone to a good home. I just re-discovered the pictures & I’d forgotten how much I liked it. However, I’m sure the recipients, our in-laws, enjoy it just as much. We ‘visited it’ the other day and it’s being well looked after! The wood blank was quite soft – approaching rotten – in parts & I needed to apply CA superglue in places to firm it up. I blackened the rim with a blowlamp / blowtorch.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 11-24-2007 12:49 AM

I can see why you regretted parting with this bowl. It is quite beautiful.


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#2 posted 11-24-2007 12:54 AM

Yup, that would have been a keeper. Nice bowl, Stewart!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 11-24-2007 02:18 AM

knarly … really knarly , I like it !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 11-24-2007 04:30 AM

What an interesting bowl Stewart!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#5 posted 11-24-2007 04:53 AM

Maybe you’ll get it back in the will.

Great bowl Stewart.

-- 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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#6 posted 11-24-2007 05:09 AM

Lovely. Bet you had your elbows tucked in while this was spinning. Thanks for sharing it.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 11-24-2007 11:20 AM

Stewart another nice piece for your hands. I don’t think that I would have ever parted with it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 11-24-2007 01:50 PM

it’s like it was embedded in a tree and you discovered it!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 11-24-2007 02:55 PM

This probably sounds uneducated to some but how did you cut the inside of the bowl? Did you use a lathe? I just learned about the CA trick. I am always happily amased at how much I do not know.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#10 posted 11-24-2007 03:11 PM

Yeah, Stewart, how’d ya do that? It is really neat. I just can’t see it on a lathe. Do tell.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 11-24-2007 03:27 PM

That torch trick can produce some really stunning effects. I did just that one time to a blonde gunstock. Produced a zebra stripe effect that still looks great.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#12 posted 11-24-2007 09:34 PM

Karson – That’s a thought; I’ll start dropping some hints!

Snowdog and Thomas – As to the HOW of it… When I bought the burr / burl, it already had a flattish top surface, but the knobbly side was, well, knobbly. So I formed a small flat base on the belt sander. I mounted the piece on a screw chuck attached to that newly formed base, the screw chuck being simply a large woodscrew set into a special mount that attached to the lathe headstock. Then, at slow speed on account of the imbalance, the rest is reasonably normal bowlturning + 110% concentration.

Again, it may be my Yorkshire genes, but I don’t like to see expensive wood in the form of shavings around my boots, so I often do ‘chunky’ turnings!

Douglas – The following picture shows the little blighter that caused much blood, pain and suffering when I was distracted for a split second by an interesting piece on the radio – but it was fingers rather than elbows… I’ll never make it as a world class harpist now. <grin>

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-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#14 posted 11-25-2007 12:40 AM

I like it.

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

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#15 posted 11-25-2007 06:25 PM

Very nice. Anytime it has the feel of real wood I just cant pass up a second look. Great job.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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