Black Walnut Bowl

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Project by BarbS posted 05-31-2011 04:45 AM 1528 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most recent turning is an 8-3/4” bowl in Black Walnut, about 2-1/2” deep. At first I was disappointed in its lack of character, but after adding the oil finish and buffing it with carnuba wax, I was pleased enough. I’m beginning to wonder if it is time for me to move on, away from ‘brown and round.’ :-)


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#1 posted 05-31-2011 04:49 AM

If you want to get away from some of your pieces. I’d be happy to send you my address.

Nice beauty, Barb.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 05:13 AM

Nice bowl Barb,

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#3 posted 05-31-2011 05:25 AM

Nice job Barb,
But why not “let it rip” (if you want to get away form round) get out the blow torch, pyro stick, thoese stampers of yours & let fly’
Thats the only way I manage to have the best designer firewood in the street.
Just teasing Barbs, your’e doing just fine :)))

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

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 05:29 AM

Ah Pete, what a picture: Barb wreaking havoc in the workshop!


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#5 posted 05-31-2011 05:33 AM

Very professional finish. It looks like you’re having lots of fun!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 05-31-2011 05:45 AM

Hey , Why not Barb, might pay to check out the satety gear though B 4 you let rip :)))
& make sure you watch your knuckles on thoese square corners & the like’
(nice to have a bit of fun now n then)

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 05-31-2011 06:11 AM

Very nice Barb!

Here’s a jig that you can turn elliptical things.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 05-31-2011 11:26 AM

What Karson said :)

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Barbara Gill

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#9 posted 05-31-2011 12:09 PM

That is a nice bowl. For the most part the Black Walnut we have here in Virginia has a lot of character. The young trees have less. Do you plan on changing the “brown” or the “round”?

-- Barbara

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#10 posted 05-31-2011 01:39 PM

Simply beautiful! I love black walnut. Nice color, great finish…well done!

-- Just A Girl

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#11 posted 05-31-2011 01:53 PM

Walnut comes to life like no other wood when a finish is applied. Your bowl looks great.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#12 posted 05-31-2011 02:19 PM

I like it. You can not loose with walnut.
And I too love it when a finish is applied to wood. It just comes to life.

Brown and Round works for me,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 05-31-2011 03:21 PM

Hi Barb, very neat turning, the shape and colour is lovely. Brown and round is just fine, keep them coming.

Thanks for sharing Barb.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#14 posted 05-31-2011 03:45 PM

Thanks all. The bowl is okay, I just found it rather ‘boring.’ The cherry one I finished with all the swirls in it, the Running Crow bowl; I just expected more, I guess, when I opened this one. My ‘supplier’ (thanks, Autumn!) said she disliked Black Walnut and really preferred Claro Walnut, which she is greedy with ;-) and won’t share. It’s the one with all the colored streaks in it, for walnut. But yeah, for dark brown wood, this is okay. I guess you can tell, I’ve done enough bowls now that I am beginning to get ‘picky.’ LOL

And Barb, “changing the brown or the round?” Phbbbbt… who knows? Changing with whatever comes to mind, I guess. Right now I’ve glued my very first darker collar onto a tall piece of spalted birch, and am planning a 7” open vase form, if I can CA the punky parts well enough. All new tries, for me. There are so many directions in which to go! Plus, I have this wall sculpture idea, where I want to turn a large platter, cut it into many angled pieces, re-glue it in a new pattern and rout out mirror placements within its borders. Still looking for a big enough piece of wood for that. Also planning a new ‘kitchen page’ section for the commercial website and busy getting that together. I’m in a bit of a push because in a month our local cherry harvest will start, and my day job will take over large sums of my time.


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#15 posted 05-31-2011 03:51 PM

Wow Dick, thanks for that video. Very different! Have you done any eliptical turnings with that chuck yourself?


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