Segmented Christmas Present

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Project by john925 posted 1332 days ago 1024 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been doing segmented bowl work for a couple of months and giving the bowls away to friends when my daughter complained that I hadn’t made one for her. So I acquired some very beautiful Apricot wood from a local farmer here in Brentwood which I cut and dried over the summer. My body of the bowl is apricot, and the ring is Walnut. I bottomed the bowl with a nice piece of black walnut and then added a feature inlay I got from Rockler. Bowl was finished with Salad Bowl finish from General Finishes. This was my first attempt at adding an inlay – sort of got away from me at first so to cover up part of my over cut – I added two burn lines which helped to clean up the inlay and add some charter to the bowl.

-- John, Brentwood, CA

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#1 posted 1332 days ago

The bowl, your choice of woods and your skill are top shelf for sure!

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

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#2 posted 1331 days ago

You are so kind – thank you.

-- John, Brentwood, CA

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#3 posted 1331 days ago

Wow, that’s a beauty! I love that inlay!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#4 posted 1331 days ago

I have often looked at those inlay bandings and wondered about doing them in a bowl. Did you have any trouble bending them ? Even though you ran into some trouble trimming this inlay; you pulled it off very well. Looks good….

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#5 posted 1331 days ago

nice looking bowl. the apricot wood has a very nice warm tone to it.
i like the inlay as well. nice job.

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#6 posted 1331 days ago

Comment for Toyguy – on the Inlay -was cutting the channel for the inlay to fit – it was on the slopeing part of the bowl – I’ve since learned that you should have this on the flat portion of the turning. I used CS glue with an excellator to stick it. No problem in getting the inlay to bend – it’s made to do that. I got it at Rockler and it worked fine. I’ve also done a copper inlay using 22 g phone wire. That works good too but again you have to make sure you get it deep enough so that it doesnt delaminate – had that happen a few times and it ain’t fun having that wire whip around while trying to same the bowl. Thanks for your comments.

-- John, Brentwood, CA

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