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Project by DocT posted 11-10-2010 05:10 PM 1700 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m beginning to bring two of my passions together: woodturning and woodcarving. This isn’t a terribly exciting carving pattern, but forming twelve v-grooves this deep was a challenge nonetheless.

I really like the contrast of natural wood against ebonized wood. I have ebonized many different species of wood with a vinegar/steel wool mixture with great success. This bowl is American Elm… which apparently has no tannin (which ordinarily drives the ebonizing reaction), so my typical mixture left the wood a sickly green. I eventually landed on a black dye, but the quality of black and consistency of color are a bit disappointing to me. The other slight disappointment is that the dye soaked through a few microscopic cracks, migrating to the inner bowl surface and leaving black blemishes which cannot be removed with any amount of sanding.

The overall bowl is 7” diameter and 3 ½” tall. The inner bowl is 3 ¼” diameter. The finish is lacquer.


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#1 posted 11-10-2010 05:51 PM

This is SO cool! I like the fact that the cracks are black. Great shape.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 07:02 PM

Beautiful bowl, and a great finish. Sounds like a lot of fun to make.

I too have been playing with carving and sculpting turned bowls. It is nice to add another dimension to the classic lathe turnings. Turners have been pushing the envelope these days…and it is alot of fun to do the same. I have played with off center, inside out, diamond, segmented, metal, inlay turning….etc..etc… I am currently trying a sculpted vase with textured inlays… is difficult detail work and hopefully it will turn out the way I see it in my mind – either way it is a lot of fun.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#3 posted 11-10-2010 08:03 PM

Very nice. Looks like you are having fun with that spinning machine. I like the contrast with black and natural wood.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#4 posted 11-10-2010 08:37 PM

I am with Blake on this one…great shape. Love mixing different passions together!

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#5 posted 11-10-2010 09:28 PM

Thanks guys!


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#6 posted 11-10-2010 10:40 PM

Very, very nice. I’m most often not a big fan of contrasting wood items, but this works wonderfully. Nice shape, proportions, and textures. Well done.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#7 posted 11-10-2010 10:51 PM

nice combination of two skills

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

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#8 posted 11-10-2010 10:53 PM

That’s pretty cool, Doc! I like it.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#9 posted 11-11-2010 02:21 AM

Thanks again!


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#10 posted 11-11-2010 09:50 AM

The art in your woodworking shows well! A beautiful piece!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#11 posted 11-27-2010 06:22 AM

I too love the contrast between the black and natural wood color. outstanding job.

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