Carved and pierced bowls

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Project by Bob Collins posted 05-23-2011 05:45 AM 2088 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pic 4 is the original Jelutong (Dyera castulata) bowl that had nothing going for it. Pica 1,2,3, are after the piercing and carving. The piercing was done using a Dremel and various dentist drill bits I got from the local dentist. Although classed as a hardwoiod, Jetulong is soft like balsa and is easy to work, more suited for carving than turning.

Pic 5 and 6 is another bowl that had been sitting in storage for a year or so, carved three sets of Ivy on it and a dab of paint in the conversion.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#1 posted 05-23-2011 05:50 AM

Bob, you’re going to have that Dremel burnt out in no time at this rate, I like the view from Pic 1 & 3.
Never heard of that timber, boy it has carved nicely for you. Another great job, You’re on a role my friend keep em comming :))

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

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#2 posted 05-23-2011 05:59 AM

That is quite a beautiful piece, terrific job.

-- Tom D

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#3 posted 05-23-2011 10:48 AM

Quel transformation!!!!

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Sam Shakouri

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#4 posted 05-23-2011 11:00 AM

It is a very nice feeling when you re-work somthing that has been left for a long time and produce a new beatifull pieces like these bowls. As I said about your lattest vases, these bowls looked very old antiques as well, and that may give them extra value bussiness wise.
I agree with Pete’s worries about your Dremel. I feel its heat when I use it for short while.
Well done, Bob.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#5 posted 05-23-2011 12:19 PM

Nicely done on these beautiful bowls Bob.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 05-23-2011 02:03 PM

they look great I recon you are on the right path

-- jim nevada

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#7 posted 05-23-2011 03:16 PM

Amazing work! Great job!

-- christopheralan

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Occie gilliam

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#8 posted 05-23-2011 03:29 PM

Nice bowl Bob, the choice to use Jetulong good idea
I found some coffee wood to full around with

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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pat sherman

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#9 posted 05-23-2011 05:18 PM

as usual bob, you have outdone your self agin. i love that bowl.

-- pat,ohio...

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#10 posted 05-23-2011 09:39 PM

Bob, I was at the dentist this morning and should have asked for some tools, are the ones you use to dull for the Doc to use or do you purchase new ones from him? At any rate, you are doing a real nice job with your carvings. I like the looks of what you are doing…..

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#11 posted 05-24-2011 12:52 AM

Bob, your carving is coming along. I especially like your first piece with the lace like sides. Love that stuff. Have you posted a tutorial on your process?

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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#12 posted 05-24-2011 03:32 AM

beautiful bowls!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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Bob Collins

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#13 posted 05-24-2011 10:49 AM

Thanks for the comments, I am enjoying trying something new, specially when it works out OK. No problems Pete and Sam I usually have 2-3 dremels on the go. Chuck, I get the used ones that are usually thrown out by the dentist, I soak them in Metho just in case and have a chuck attachment for the dremel to hold them.
Whiskywaters, I don’t think I have enough experience or knowledge on piercing to write an tutorial but there is a lot of great information available on the net.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#14 posted 05-25-2011 02:43 PM

Very nice.

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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