Crab-apple bowl

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Project by murch posted 05-23-2011 07:49 PM 2527 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Would you ever think that this was hiding in a rotten, wood-wormy “blank”. A crab-apple tree was blown down on my brother-in-laws farm a few years ago. I’m going back up again next Saturday to search for more.

I darkened the piece with antique pine wood stain in between sanding and (forgive me) I am delighted
with the way it finished. The photo’s dont really do justice to the way the grain catches the light.

I put a small strip of ash into the split (pic 5) for contrast as I didn’t want it to look like I was trying to disguise something.

It’s 5 1/2” o/d at the top and 4”tall. Thanks for getting this far LJ’s. Feel free to post a comment.

Best regards,

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#1 posted 05-23-2011 07:52 PM

Very pretty. I wish I had that wood available. Nice job!

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#2 posted 05-23-2011 08:04 PM

My first thought at that was… Man that is one ugly blank! It sure turned out nice…

Do you have a band saw? You could save a ton of time beating those blanks down if you roughed them to vaguely round fist. I have starting off with squarish blanks. Wears out out pretty good…

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#3 posted 05-23-2011 08:20 PM

Nice to see you enjoying your new lathe . Nice work !

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#4 posted 05-23-2011 08:41 PM


Always wondered how crab apple would turn out, thanks!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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

Thanks for the replies. No band saw yet DB. Wife insists on buying food and clothes for the kids. Waste of good money, if you ask me.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#6 posted 05-28-2011 07:50 PM

Looks very beautiful, I hope one of these days I’ll get the hang of it and produce something this beautiful.

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#7 posted 06-03-2011 08:56 AM

Beautiful bowl mate. Apple is a lovely wood for small projects.

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#8 posted 06-11-2011 06:15 AM

Sometimes you just start turning and next thing you know you have and beautiful bowl. Great work.

-- “Enjoy what you do, or do something else!”

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#9 posted 06-19-2011 08:52 AM

Very nice! I really like this.

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#10 posted 06-21-2011 05:34 PM

Growing up I remember crab-apple trees everywhere. We had one blow over, on the house. I wish I knew now what I didn’t then. If I remember right, they have a milk that comes out…don’t they?

Nice bowl, I really like the grain pattern. Took a chance and it paid off. Good job.

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#11 posted 06-23-2011 06:01 PM

Murch – WOW – I guess the Irish are lucky, especially when they find the gold in an old stump. You really brought out the beauty in that old stump. I hope to learn turning some day. I inherited my dad’s old lathe that works fine and I’ve done a little spindle turning, but the knives were in pretty bad shape. I have invested in an expensive sharpening system and those old knives are like new now. Thanks for the inspiration… I see turning in my future. Living in NH, I have access to a whole forest just outside my door.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#12 posted 08-10-2013 12:20 PM

looks great, I like the way the grain is and the shape of it.

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