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Turned Bradford Pear Bowl

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Project by BRTree posted 02-08-2018 11:53 PM 807 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We cut down a large Bradford pear at a customer’s house. I took it home and decided it was big enough… I rough turned it. I left it in a cool, dark area of the shop for about 4 months so it could dry. Then I put it back in a lathe and finish turned it. I believe the finish on this one it’s just boiled linseed oil.

-- Dave Heishman, Blue Ridge Tree





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woodbot

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#1 posted 02-09-2018 12:20 AM

Nice work, thanks for the post.

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BRTree

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#2 posted 02-09-2018 01:38 AM

Thank you

-- Dave Heishman, Blue Ridge Tree

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BB1

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#3 posted 02-09-2018 02:21 AM

Bowl looks great. The color is eye catching. Only question…those look like apples rather than pears…just kidding!! Nice project. :)

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BRTree

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#4 posted 02-09-2018 12:57 PM

Thank you. Haha… I didn’t have any pears at the house when I took the picture.

-- Dave Heishman, Blue Ridge Tree

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wcp

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#5 posted 02-09-2018 03:00 PM

Great looking bowl. You got to love free wood. Since I’ve started turning I keep and eye open for trees that have been cut down.

wcp

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 02-09-2018 06:13 PM

This is a beautiful bowl and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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BRTree

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#7 posted 02-09-2018 07:30 PM

Thanks wcp & Charles

-- Dave Heishman, Blue Ridge Tree

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rbrjr1

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#8 posted 02-09-2018 09:17 PM

good to know that bradford pear trees are good for something.. beautiful bowl..

-- only an idiot dismisses an intelligent statement because they dont know anything about the person delivering it.

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BRTree

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#9 posted 02-09-2018 11:37 PM

Good for something… Yes! I’ve talked to landscapers who really, really, really hate the tree. But, the color change from sapwood to heartwood is beautiful… Going from salmon, to deep pink, to purple… It is absolutely beautiful. And the grain is even tighter than cherry…. so you can sand it to as high a grit as you like, no filler required

Maybe we can cut them all down and make bowls out of them… Hahaha

-- Dave Heishman, Blue Ridge Tree

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Scott Oldre

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#10 posted 02-10-2018 12:52 AM

Bradford Pear was one of the easiest bowls to turn for me. I did two of them with live edge around the rim. Lots of it in South Carolina.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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BRTree

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#11 posted 02-10-2018 02:35 AM

Yes Scott… Seems to turn nice and smooth, sort of like maple

-- Dave Heishman, Blue Ridge Tree

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John

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#12 posted 02-11-2018 01:39 AM

That’s lovely wood Dave, nice bowl.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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BRTree

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#13 posted 02-11-2018 05:54 PM

Thank you John

-- Dave Heishman, Blue Ridge Tree

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