Sun Kiss'd White Mulberry Lidded Bowl

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Project by Transition posted 06-17-2011 06:31 PM 1454 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 06-17-2011 08:52 PM

Very nice Andrew!

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

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#2 posted 06-17-2011 09:13 PM

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 06-17-2011 11:21 PM

hi great looking round box


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#4 posted 06-18-2011 01:12 AM

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 06-18-2011 02:39 AM

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 06-20-2011 08:02 PM

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 06-22-2011 12:24 AM

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 06-22-2011 12:35 AM

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. PNW.

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#9 posted 06-22-2011 06:00 AM

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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