Spalted Oak Bowls

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Project by Bearpie posted 02-23-2011 02:01 AM 1804 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These 2 bowls were turned green from a dying Oak tree that had been cut down and ready to be split as firewood and I asked if I could go through the pile and pick out the ones that I wanted. He charged me 5 bucks each piece of wood I picked out before they were turned into firewood. I think I got a great deal! They were eaten through by grub worms and I removed them (wouldn’t it be nice if I could find a way to seal them in the bowl and be able to show them in there sealed up?) and filled it with crushed turquoise. This is one of my favorite pieces!

The second bowl in picture 6 was turned from a crotch piece and there was a bark inclusion where the seam of Turquoise is. I had finished this piece when the bark started drying up and opening a crack so I decided to use my dremel and clean the bark out and then filled it with crushed turquoise and thick CA glue. This bowl took up half of the crotch and I made 2 platters out of the other half.

Both bowls are approximately 9” diameter and 3 1/4” high. Both left natural color and finished with wipe on poly.

Comments and critiques welcomed.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 02-23-2011 02:24 AM

Hey Erwin, nice job of plugin thoes holes, interesting timber patterns, I am trying to figure what it is I can see in pic 4 (weasel ? maybe)
great firewood rescue

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

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#2 posted 02-23-2011 02:34 AM

Very nicely done, the Turquoise is a beautiful accent to the bowl. I saw a furniture maker in Arizona in November who used Turquoise accents in some of his tables looked great. Good work. Doug

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#3 posted 02-23-2011 02:45 AM

Looks Great! What beautiful Grain. I would be afraid to turn wood like this, afraid it would explode.

-- RayCurtis

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#4 posted 02-23-2011 02:59 AM

actually, i did that to one of the worms one time -please don’t send PETA!... He made it through the table saw, planer, and router, and was just exposed lengthwise in his burrow

I love those bowls though!! I have so much pretty wood i would love to see a lathe person get aholt of! It is a shame so much goes in the fireplace!
I’m not sure as many people found the appeal of the natural inhabitant!

-- christine

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#5 posted 02-23-2011 03:43 AM

nice work! the turquoise looks great in there. not too much – just right. as for the worms we need some shots of those guys next time!

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#6 posted 02-23-2011 06:29 AM

Hey Erwin, it’s really nice bowl, look great with burl

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#7 posted 02-23-2011 08:59 AM

nice looking bowl did you set the turquosie with CA or expoxy

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#8 posted 02-23-2011 12:18 PM

Where does one get crushed Turquosie? I have wanted to to do this sometime in the future. Great job on these.

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

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#9 posted 02-23-2011 05:32 PM

Very nice. Love the color, both the wood figure and the fill.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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#10 posted 02-23-2011 05:55 PM

Thanks for the compliments!

I get my crushed turquoise from Craft Supplies USA, they print out 4 excellent catalogs yearly and is geared more for turners. That’s not to say others cannot find a tool in there they can use. They ship quickly (so far) and have pretty good prices in my opinion. You can request a catalog by logging on to their website at Crafts supplies ( I am not affiliated with them, just a fan)

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#11 posted 02-23-2011 08:02 PM

Great thx for the info.

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

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#12 posted 02-26-2011 04:39 PM

Very nice Erwin! Very nice!
Great save on the wood and whatever you paid for the logs when you got them they are priceless now!
Keep it up!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#13 posted 02-26-2011 04:46 PM

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