"Tulip" bowl

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Project by Alin Dobra posted 11-25-2007 05:46 PM 1860 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this bowl some 9 months ago but it come up a little rough (I did not know at the time how to get a smooth surface on unbalanced bowls). I was showing it to a colleague at work and she liked it a lot because of the shape. Few months latter I figured out how to sand the imperfections on my bowls (without destroying the bowl) and I borrowed the bowl for a couple of days to fix it. What you see in the pictures is the final result. The unusual shape is due to three branches that are coming out of the main trunk at the same level.

The wood is oak and the finish is buffed oil.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#1 posted 11-25-2007 06:03 PM

Great bowl!

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#2 posted 11-25-2007 06:05 PM

Wow that’s nice…

What’s the sanding technique?

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

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#3 posted 11-25-2007 06:10 PM


The sanding technique is the “new wave” sanding pads on a drill press. You cannot sand any of the natural edge end grain bowls I make on the lathe since they are not round when they dry (the bowls always twist at least a little).


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#4 posted 11-25-2007 06:23 PM


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#5 posted 11-25-2007 06:23 PM


Well done. I do like the shape. Good to see another turner here at Lumberjocks


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#6 posted 11-25-2007 06:27 PM

Wow, that’s sweet. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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#7 posted 11-25-2007 07:45 PM

very nice and the photos are fabulous. what kind of camera did you use ?

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#8 posted 11-25-2007 07:51 PM

Thats a great looking bowl.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#9 posted 11-25-2007 08:01 PM

beautiful bowl, I like the shape on this one, nice finish too. mike

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#10 posted 11-25-2007 08:41 PM

Thanks to everybody for the nice comments.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#11 posted 11-25-2007 10:25 PM

Very nice piece indeed.

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#12 posted 11-25-2007 11:17 PM

Thanks Grumpy (for all three comments).


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#13 posted 11-26-2007 02:49 AM

Absolutely terrific looking bowl.

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#14 posted 11-26-2007 03:34 AM

I don’t have the sense to see the bowl in the rough.

And when I turn away everything that doesn’t look like a bowl it still doesn’t look like a bowl.

A truly nice piece of work.

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#15 posted 11-26-2007 07:35 AM

Beautiful!!! “Natural edge” is always my favorite kind of turnings. This one is SO COOL! ...favorited. Thanks!

Hey, also, great lighting for the photos… could you divulge your photography secrets?

-- Happy woodworking!

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