Spalted Maple and Walnut Bowl

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Project by HokieKen posted 09-14-2018 02:59 PM 616 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Until recently, I had never turned any bowls. I just don’t have much need for wooden bowls so I never bothered with them. However, as it turns out, they make pretty quick and easy gifts that the women in my life seem to adore.

I forgot to take pics of previous ones but here is one I just finished for my MIL’s birthday. It’s spalted Maple and Walnut. I chipped a spot in the rim when I was finishing the bottom on my Cole jaws. So, I used a paring chisel and re-shaped the rim to be uneven and turn my screw-up into a design feature ;-)

I keep finding surprises in this spalted Maple with every new project. In this piece I found some bug tracks and a couple of husks. I filled the holes with some epoxy resin I dyed red. This piece also shows some nice figure aside from the spalting that I haven’t seen in pieces I used previously. Finish is a couple of coats of BLO.

Thanks for peeking. :-))

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#1 posted 09-14-2018 03:08 PM

beautiful looking natural bowl …. a true craftsman knows how to hide mistakes … but then he does not tell … LOL …. GREAT JOB :<)) gratz on top 3 it will be here LOL

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 09-14-2018 03:58 PM

Good looking bowl Kenny, is that turned on the Delta?

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 09-14-2018 04:30 PM

That’s a pretty bowl, Kenny!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#4 posted 09-14-2018 04:54 PM

Thanks guys!

Good looking bowl Kenny, is that turned on the Delta?

- Woodknack

Yep. That’s the only one I have (for wood) and the only one I see any need for :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 09-14-2018 05:15 PM

Good looking bowl. I’m curious if you were able to cut the middle out before you started on the lathe or did you have to remove all of it. I think the “feet” make the look ;-)

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 09-14-2018 05:22 PM

Nope, removed it all on the lathe Earl. Funny about the feet. I wish I would have had a bit more foresight. This shape would have made a nice looking “goblet-esque” bowl with a stem and base below it!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 09-14-2018 08:33 PM

I like your design feature. I like all of it. I love these bowls with the hardship wood, and all of her knots, inclusions, holes, filled or otherwise, and the real beauty that Ma Nature put into the product.

I mostly like what you and here did together. Great teamwork.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 09-14-2018 09:55 PM

I think your “design feature” makes the bowl. Beautiful Kenny!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#9 posted 09-15-2018 01:13 AM

Nice Kenny! That wood combo is a winner. Those wood bowls are popular gifts. .

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#10 posted 09-26-2018 10:56 AM

VERY nice bowl Mr. Ken—- Well Done!

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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