Red Cedar Bowl w/Dangles

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Project by BarbS posted 07-20-2011 09:49 PM 2018 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another ‘design opportunity,’ sigh. This Western Red Cedar looked fine when mounted on the lathe, but revealed another bug chew-hole at the edge, about 5/8” in diameter, and traveling through where I wanted to set a nice cove at the outside edge. I had two choices: reduce the bowl diameter overall to only about 6”, or keep the blasted bug-hole and try to do something with it later. I opted for the bigger bowl.
After turning, I considered drilling it round and plugging it with red cedar, but knew that would forever look like a ‘patch.’ I considered building a small dam around it and filling with thick epoxy with sparkles or something, but an open hole that big probably wouldn’t do well with that, or I wouldn’t do it well. I considered leaving it alone and calling it ‘Bugs In N’ Out’ or something similar.
Then, upon nearly falling asleep one night, I foresaw this: stringing a leather thong through it with old jewelry baubles attached. So. All comments, critiques and suggestions are very welcome. What do you think? What would you have done? I’ve yet to decide pricing on this piece, but will list it soon on my website,
I’m counting on you folks for some input on this one before I do so.
I have to go to work. Will check back later.


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#1 posted 07-20-2011 09:54 PM

That’s called being creative and resourceful. Great Job

-- Life is Good Enough --

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 07-20-2011 09:55 PM


It is a cool addition to a natural part of the wood. If someone doesn’t like it and wants to remove the ‘accessories’ later on, they are free to do so. Having it on there hasn’t damaged the original wood whatsoever.

I wouldn’t have liked the patch option much. This is just my personal preference, but I believe you are correct – it will always look like a ‘patch’.

Your choice of beads and materials goes nicely with the bowl and I think it is a fun and interesting solution. Congratulations! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 07-20-2011 10:08 PM

Well, I have never thought of Dangles, but they look great! Great save.


-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#4 posted 07-20-2011 10:12 PM

I like the bangles. Gives it a cowgirl feel. But if you are looking for other suggestions…
You could put a band of wood on the inside or out, or cap the edge with a routed ring whose sides sit below the hole. You could cap the edge with a metal ring. Ive seen old glass bowls with this treatment.
You could drill four holes (like compass point) and dowel them.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#5 posted 07-20-2011 10:39 PM

I would of went through the same inner torment as you did with this one Barbs. Don’t think I would of come up with a creative and artistic solution as yours though. Personally I love it. I am not around a ton of turnings so I don’t know how common something like this is… But to me it says “Creativity”

Really like this piece Barbs…. Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 07-20-2011 11:17 PM

The old story Barb dont try & hide a material defect, rather make a feature of it, I love the form you have given this one it looks great (might even pinch it of you) I can just see this one a young girls dresser full of thoes little girl things.
Nice job Barb, leave it as is. :))

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

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#7 posted 07-20-2011 11:27 PM

That is a very nice turning and very well done. I love the addition. Is it like Bo Dangles or Bo Jangles. ;-)

PS I would love to see more and more of lathe work from everyone.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#8 posted 07-21-2011 12:06 AM

Sounds like I made a ‘right’ decision, then. In the turning world, this has been done a bit, but is not a really common added decoration, I think. It isn’t original, though. And you’re right, Sheila, if someone doesn’t like it, it can always be removed. The hole’s ugly, though!


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#9 posted 07-21-2011 02:54 AM

Great job Barb. When life gives you lemons….........................

I like the bowl and think it is all the more interesting for the creative advantage you took of the opportunity so graciously supplied by your anonymous co-creator.

Thanks for this Barb

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#10 posted 07-21-2011 06:15 AM

Wow it’s looking so beautiful, Great job.

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#11 posted 07-21-2011 06:54 AM

Thanks, all! I was searching out baubles and my mother (90) let me go through her antique jewelry collection to tear apart baubles she no longer wanted. Never had so much fun. Now I have boxes and boxes of bauble supplies.


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#12 posted 07-21-2011 09:30 AM

Come on admit it, you were a little girl again goin thru Mum’s treasures & dreaming of the day when you’d be a Big girl, :))))))))
Great to hear the real story, Bet Mum loves it : ))))
Nice one Barb

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

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#13 posted 07-21-2011 02:06 PM

good save…i faced this not long ago & I did what you did, but a bit more..made more holes and put the “baubles” all the way around….

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#14 posted 07-21-2011 03:39 PM

LOL, Yes, Pete, you see right through me. And she does love it. I have to fight her off with each piece I make, telling her she just can’t buy them all, as I have to put Something up on the website! I’m making her a turned birdhouse now, for outside her kitchen window, and will hang baubles from the bottom of it. Hollowing in maple sure seems to go slow for me. Richard Raffan would have this done (about 8” deep) in twenty minutes!
And Michelle, I considered that, but am less bold than you are!


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#15 posted 07-22-2011 06:06 PM

It’s Beautiful!!!!!!!

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