Sister Bowl (Natural Edge Walnut)

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Project by RichardH posted 11-08-2010 04:10 AM 1581 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sister bowl as I’ve been calling this one has a bit of a story if you will indulge me.

My 74 year old father spent two days digging up an old dead Walnut stump from his hunting camp in South Carolina. He proceeded to split one of the lowest chunks manually with a sledge. I wish I had the picture to post, but he posed with the two pieces of wood knowing that I would enjoy making something out of them. Last year I turned the first one and gave it to my younger sister along with a couple of spheres that she displays in it. I recently finished this matching “sister piece” and it is destined to go to my older sister this Christmas. I always enjoy the wood most that has a story with it, but have to say that this one is particularly satisfying knowing that both sisters will appreciate their bowls but also recognize the effort that Dad put into it.


-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#1 posted 11-08-2010 04:43 AM

Bust any knuckles? Those edges do hurt if you get careless! I like!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 11-08-2010 05:00 AM

That’s sweet Richard, the thoughtfulness and love for family behind it is almost better than the piece itself. “Almost” because that bowl is awesome!!

Great job!

-- -Angela, "Christos Anesti!"

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#3 posted 11-08-2010 05:03 AM

Very nice Richard I’m sure your sister will love and cherish it knowing you & your dad both had a part in its creation.

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#4 posted 11-08-2010 08:29 AM

It looks like a piece from a bush camp, lovely and “rough diamondish” , to me it has a sort of “friendly hand” appeal to cup something precious. Interesting your older sister had to play second fiddle to her younger, or did you save the best to last!!?? Bet Dad’s tickled pink.
Do you have a shot of the first?

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 11-08-2010 11:40 AM

Great looking pieces there Richard. The story will last your sisters for a lifetime.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 11-08-2010 03:34 PM

That is totally awesome! Wow. what a great bowl. nice project, and story

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 04-09-2011 03:14 PM

Richard, you can call me your sister as I would gladly take that off your hands. Gorgeous. Yet another thing on here I can aspire to. Great work and thanks for sharing this.

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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