Bray Soft Maple Bowl

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Project by Darren J posted 01-11-2011 07:28 AM 1026 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

In February of 2010 my grandfather, Donald Bray, passed away. Among his many professions, he restored furniture, and I’ve always known woodworking as part of our family history. In the summer when preparing for the estate auction, we cut down a maple tree in the from yard that my grandparents had planted, but had recently died. I brought the trunk home…

Well, I think we know what killed the tree. This was the first project I made from the lumber I received. I was able to maintain part of the pith near the rim of the bowl by stabilizing it with CA glue (there’s also a filled crack that developed before rough turning, but it blends in well with the look of the wood). The finish is Arm-R-Seal plus some paste wax to buff out the last coat. The name “Bray” on the bottom is a nod to the wood’s origins.

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#1 posted 01-11-2011 09:35 AM

The bowl it’s self has nothing to do with the end result, it is the is the cocktail of life that goes with it & the feelings you must have experienced turning this piece.
Very nice job by the way, bet this one doesn’t get given away

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

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