Segmented bowl with Baltic Birch Plywood

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Project by john925 posted 01-06-2011 03:26 AM 3273 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to try a segmented bowl with a feature ring of Baltic Birch Plywood just to see what it would look like. While not fantastic, it did turn out ok – I think next time I’ll use a staggered pattern of the Baltic Birch in an indian basket pattern. Bowl is made of Manzanta wood, Oak, Birch, Apricot and Maple and local American Walnut, besides the Baltic Birch. Total of 60 segments plus the solid maple bottom. One of the things I notice after I took the pictures was that the rubbing compond I used was white and you can see it in the picture in some of the grain. I then went back and rubbed the bowl with mineral spirts and wiped it clean which removed all of that then gave it one final coat of General Finishes, Salad bowl finish.

-- John, Brentwood, CA

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#1 posted 01-06-2011 05:17 AM

OMG! That is ONE REALLY NICE BOWL. Looks like 12 segments? 6 for the top ring? I want some manzanita.

I brought a seedling back to western Washington several years ago from Redding CA but I guess it was too cold for it here to survive. Great work John – I hope to be 1/2 that good someday.

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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#2 posted 01-06-2011 05:31 AM

You do some incredible work John. This bowl is spectacular.

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#3 posted 01-06-2011 05:43 AM

Great looking Bowl!!


-- Christian, Husband, Grandpa, Salesman, amateur Woodworker.

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#4 posted 01-06-2011 05:47 AM

You’ve got a good eye for choosing the order of your different color woods. It’s a very, very nice bowl.

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

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#5 posted 01-06-2011 02:27 PM

interesting for sure. If we don’t try it; we will never know.

As for myself. I don’t like the ply feature ring….but that’s just my opinion. The rest of the bowl looks good.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 09-30-2017 01:52 PM

John, this is a beautiful bowl and you’ve done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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