Locust Natural Edge Bowl "Bipolar Bowl"

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Project by Roper posted 06-05-2011 07:44 PM 1569 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine gave me a nice chunk of Locust as a graduation present and this is what I found inside, 9” x 4” walls about 3/8” finished with a salad bowl finish. All comments and questions welcome. I call this one the Bipolar Bowl because of the two faces I see in the wood. One happy and one sad.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#1 posted 06-05-2011 07:46 PM

Very pretty. Is locust an exceptionally hard, dense wood? Nice to turn?


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#2 posted 06-05-2011 08:14 PM

Great bowl!!!! I have tried turning Locust a couple times but have run into problems with cracking.

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#3 posted 06-05-2011 08:24 PM

Very nice bowl…I’d like to try some Honey locust one day, Black Locust I think I’ll leave alone…harder’n woodpecker lips!

-- One of these hammers oughta fix that...

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#4 posted 06-05-2011 09:54 PM

Nice looking bowl…. I have made projects from both Honey and Black Locust and I enjoy both alot.

Thanks for Sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 06-05-2011 11:03 PM

Great job, I love honey locust, It will polish like no other wood I know, and the only finish it will every need is a little oil. Hard to keep from cracking though, gotta get the walls pretty thin to prevent it.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#6 posted 06-05-2011 11:58 PM

Thats a nice looking NE bowl, be nice to see it when you have applied your finish :))

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

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#7 posted 06-06-2011 12:57 AM

Fantastic bowl.

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#8 posted 06-06-2011 06:01 AM

Nice bowl,

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#9 posted 06-06-2011 09:45 AM

Apologies Roper, I didn’t notice you were going for a nice natural oil finish, (I am not familiar with Locust timber) : ))

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

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#10 posted 06-06-2011 01:07 PM

It finished up lovely. Nice one.

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

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#11 posted 06-06-2011 05:50 PM

Thanks for all the great feedback guys and gals, yes locust is a very dense wood I had to do a lot of tool sharpening while turning this piece. Even at 3/8” walls the bowl is still pretty heavy. This piece has been air drying for years so I am hoping it will not move or crack much.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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