Spalted Pin Oak Bowl

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Spalted Pin Oak Bowl.

5 1/2 Diam at bottom, 4 1/2 Diam at top, 3 inch tall, 5/16 thick wall.

Finished with 4 coats of Tung Oil/Varnish.

Got this piece of wood from fellow LJ Hairy in a “Wood Swap” that he offered. ( Got box # 2 ) It had a lot of spalting on the one end that I just had to turn it into a bowl.

Like normal, the design for this just happened. I trued up the blank and just started cutting. This is what I ended up with. I try and let the wood decide what it wants to become. I like it’s choice this time. haha

Instead of putting a “stepped edge” on the bottom like I usually do, I just kept the radius of the lower edge going up and under the bowl, then rounded out the center section. I like the way this feels on this bowl. Gives the base some more weight to it also.

Have been debating on turning a lid for this but not sure if I will. What do you think?

Please leave all comments and critiques. I am all ways open to help and suggestions. Thank You for looking.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

10 comments so far

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#1 posted 1438 days ago

Very nice patterns in that spalted pin oak. I also like the proportions of this bowl. Nice!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#2 posted 1438 days ago

oh, WOW! I bet you were happy watching that reveal! It is so pretty!

-- christine

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#3 posted 1438 days ago

Wow! That’s sweet!

I would try a lid, maybe mesquite or something dark.

Nice work!

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

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#4 posted 1438 days ago

Thanks for the comments.

Hairy, I was leaning towards a walnut lid with a piece of this spalted pin oak as the finial. I still have the corners I band-sawed off before turning. All ways keep them for finials and knobs.

Thanks again.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#5 posted 1438 days ago

Having a disappearing edge on the base can give the form a floating quality. Sometimes they just seem to hover a little. Great job.

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#6 posted 1438 days ago

Another Great Project Scrappy!! The only negative comment would be the pictures are somewhat blurry, the project is perfect!

Thanks for sharing.

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#7 posted 1438 days ago

it looks great , go for the lid … walnut sounds good

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#8 posted 1438 days ago

Beautiful wood, beautiful proportions… another great piece. Love it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#9 posted 1438 days ago

I love the shape. It looks great. Top or not.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 1432 days ago

Hey Scrappy;
Another great job. I thought for a second that it was from a cedar from this property. Mine turned out a creamy white with a lot of spalting. I’ll try and bring it along with me in the next few weeks when we move to Arizona.

-- DeputyDawg

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