Sun Kiss'd White Mulberry Lidded Bowl

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Project by Transition posted 1167 days ago 1277 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is from A White Mulberry that I cut down in my backyard (It was rotting at the base), about 5yrs ago. Most of the logs sat out in the weather until I started reclaiming it this past January. The wood is a bright yellow when milled, but turns a beautiful golden color when it sits in the sun (compare the bowl and bracelet in pic 3). As the wood aged, dark brown streaks appeared along the growth rings and checks, giving wonderful contrast. There is a good deal of chatoyance to this wood as well. Definitely one of my favorites! 6” diameter x 4” high. Walls are ~1/4” thick.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#1 posted 1167 days ago

Very nice Andrew!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#2 posted 1167 days ago

Nice lidded bowl may if I was critical ! PERHAPS the handle to the lid could have been better finished otherwise a nice piece. MY opinion only. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 1167 days ago

hi great looking round box


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#4 posted 1166 days ago

Beautiful color in that covered bowl. It looks like you got a bracelet out of it too!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 1166 days ago

Very nice bowl. I love that wood!

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 1164 days ago

Thanks everyone!

@Scotsman – critique away! I learn from critical comments a lot faster than from trial and error. The bowl did not start out as a two piece, but just kinda ended up that way as it turned on my lathe. I was going to make a smaller pearl sized handle, but again, I let the wood take me where it wanted to go. By “better finished” do you mean the actual finish of the design/shape? How would you have done it differently?

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#7 posted 1162 days ago

very awesome Andrew. I’ve got a Mulberry tree on my property that I believe will make some good turnin material when it is ready to go. :) What finish did you use on this? thnx

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 1162 days ago

I wouldn’t change a thing.
That wood is beautiful… rugged and elegant at the same time.
Good job.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard/Wiggy.. whatever. Washington, State.

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#9 posted 1162 days ago

Thanks, again.

@Roger – I used a base coat of Boiled Linseed Oil and lots of shellac (10 coats?).

@Wiggy – Just for the record, I’m not rechuckin’ this. But I am always interested in how someone else might have done it.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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