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Project by peteg posted 12-18-2010 05:21 AM 1891 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been trying my hand at a bit of piercing with mixed results. I took the return lip down to about 1mm thick and pierced it, came out next morning to finish of and it had spilt, CA’ed up real good so I finished it of just for the exercise. It’s a piece of NZ Kauri,(real dry old demolition stuff) measures about 7’’ x 3 1/2” finished with spray on schelac rubed back and polished

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

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#1 posted 12-18-2010 05:27 AM

How does one pierce a bowl?

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 12-18-2010 05:46 AM

Very nice turning and “piercing”. I like the design and would also like to know how you did it.

Keep it up.


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

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#3 posted 12-18-2010 05:47 AM

I Like!!

I picked up a pneumatic turbine and some burs (think dentist drill), this summer from Craft Supplies? (I don’t remember the vendor off-hand).

I haven’t set up a vacuum vent to the outside to suck up all the smoke yet. And there was a LOT of smoke when I tried it in the shop the first time!

Some of the folks in the local turning club have done some piercing demos and shown some pieces that are fantastic.


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#4 posted 12-18-2010 05:54 AM

This a very pretty bowl, I like the design, shape and finish! Great Job!
Thanks for sharing…

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 12-18-2010 06:01 AM

Neat piece, Pete. I haven’t been brave enough to carve or pierce any of my turnings. May have to give it a shot.

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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#6 posted 12-18-2010 07:02 AM

Sweet. What is piercing exactly?

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#7 posted 12-18-2010 07:13 AM

That is something really special you are doing there. Nice. Show us some more….and how do you do it?

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 12-18-2010 07:40 AM

Pete that’s very nice. Beautiful bowl.

-- Jeff, Missouri ,"Just because your not bleeding, dont mean your turning safely!"..............

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#9 posted 12-18-2010 10:41 AM


-- Theresa,

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#10 posted 12-18-2010 01:00 PM

Yes it is a nice looking piece. Sorry to hear of your problems with cracking…. but you pulled it off anyway. I have yet to try piercing….. but you do inspire me.

The shape of this bowl I find very appealing…. I especially like the foot…adds a real look of elegance…

Well done.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#11 posted 12-18-2010 02:27 PM

Very nice Pete. It has to be scary to put hours and hours into a piece and then subject it to an unfamiliar technique. Very commendable just to try and I think your first results came out great.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#12 posted 12-18-2010 02:32 PM

Looks great.
The piercing lightens it up.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#13 posted 12-18-2010 03:58 PM

that’s absolutely stunning

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

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#14 posted 12-18-2010 04:10 PM

I think you are on to something there,looks great,it sure got my attention

-- jim nevada

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#15 posted 12-18-2010 06:26 PM


Great looking bowl. I like your piercing design and very well balanced. Thanks for posting.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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