Spalted Poplar bowls

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Project by alholstein posted 12-07-2010 08:30 AM 1873 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some bowls that I was able to make from somepoplar trees that were removed from where I worked before the site was shut down and sold. They aren’t a very special choice of wood, but have a very personal significances as it was at a site that I worked at for 38 years. The trees weren’t that old as that area was a horse pasture when I started work. They were my first successful atempt at semi-green turning as they had started to dry before I started. I still have one log that I have been saving to turn. It should be dry by now and probably more spalted.
A nice bit of history for me.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 09:14 AM

Special wood or not they are real beauts. It is nice to have a little bit of memories in your pieces.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#2 posted 12-07-2010 09:50 AM

Yes they are a special choice of wood Al, special to you. The front door knob on my shop is turned from a piece of walnut branch pruned from a tree in the yard of our last house. I appreciate the attachment.
That’s a beautiful finish too.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#3 posted 12-07-2010 12:19 PM

For poplar I would say there real special! I have never seen poplar look this good! Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 12-07-2010 01:43 PM

Great looking. What kinda finish did you use?

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

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#5 posted 12-07-2010 02:58 PM

Very beautiful bowls.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 12-07-2010 05:17 PM

Nice looking bowls, the poplar looks really good.

-- RStadler

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#7 posted 12-07-2010 06:50 PM

Amazing bowls! Very well done!!!

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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#8 posted 12-07-2010 07:05 PM

Nice looking bowls with rich memories.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#9 posted 12-07-2010 09:32 PM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 12-08-2010 03:55 AM

nice bowls I like the finish

-- wchips

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#11 posted 12-08-2010 06:24 AM

The finish was semi-gloss lacquer thinned with lacquer thinner about 50:50 after sanding to 400. I put a bit of paste wax on after it dried and burnished with a brown paper bag at high speed on the lathe. It gets a silky to the touch feeling.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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