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Project by DocT posted 10-05-2010 05:43 PM 2462 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is an enclosed form that I did a while ago as a thank you for my father-in-law. For those of you not familiar with the redbud, it is usually a small tree that grows natively as an understory tree and is used quite often around here as an ornamental in planting beds. It has beautiful red/fuscia/purple blossoms in the spring which are replaced with interesting heart-shaped leaves. Overall a nice tree, but not one that is often used for lumber. This redbud was growing in my father-in-law’s backyard. We counted over 120 growth rings and the trunk measured about 20” diameter. Colossal by redbud standards! If not for a horrendous wind storm, it would still stand today.

This enclosed form stands about 6” tall and is 9” diameter. It doesn’t show well in the pictures, but I was surprised by the intensity of colors and variations. Oranges and greens and browns. Quite beautiful wood.


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#1 posted 10-05-2010 05:49 PM

That wood is beautiful and so is the bowl. It’s very nicely done and shows a lot of craftsmanship.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 10-05-2010 05:57 PM

Great wood super movement well done turning

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 10-05-2010 06:11 PM

Beautiful wood beautifully done.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#4 posted 10-05-2010 07:04 PM

Nicely Done, I have thought of turning some Redbud Myself!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#5 posted 10-05-2010 07:38 PM

Beautiful piece.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 10-05-2010 09:03 PM

beautiful wood and grain pattern. Did your father in law like it?

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 10-05-2010 11:19 PM

Beautiful! I only thought of redbud in the spring when it bloomed. I had no idea it grew that big, and turning it never entered my mind. Guess I need to look around some.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#8 posted 10-06-2010 12:39 AM

hi great bit of turning fantastic looking wood love it


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#9 posted 10-06-2010 06:23 AM

Very pretty turning, wood is spectacular.

-- Tom D

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#10 posted 10-07-2010 07:14 PM

thumbs up, looks real nice. I have a lot of red bud in my backyard, but don’t have the heart to cut any down, but if I sneak out at night maybe I can hack a few of my neighbors trees, jk. :)

-- RStadler

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#11 posted 10-15-2010 05:56 PM

You make very nice bowls. The grain and shape are very complimentary.

-- Cindy

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#12 posted 10-15-2010 06:56 PM

Stunningly beautiful bowl. You have captured the intensity of the grain in this turning. Love the live edge also.

Keep up the great work.


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

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