Bradford pear Courthouse Bowl

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Project by Bill Akins posted 08-05-2011 05:14 PM 1724 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My home town, Blairsvile Georgia, has one of those old courthouses in the center of town that you have to drive around. Back in the 80’s it was condemned but a group got together and saved the old building and it was restored. The old courtroom is used for music and plays. The entire downstairs is now a museum of things from the county: sports, military, county history and old tools. There was a bradford pear tree up next to the building that had to come down. My father is on the courthouse committee and saved me a few logs from the tree. I started the bowl at the beginning of this year and rough turned it, then set it aside to dry for about six months. This was the highest water content wood I had ever turned. Me and my shop were soaked. I recently returned it to the lathe and finished the bowl. I have several coats of wiping varnish along with EEE polish and Shellawax. The bowl is now on display in the museum. I have given many bowls away as gifts, this is the first I have made for public display.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#1 posted 08-05-2011 05:52 PM

wow—-that is sooo cool Bill…I love the story! The wood is pretty…and I like the burn marks on the bottom (those are burn marks right?) gives the bowl a nice contrast…


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#2 posted 08-05-2011 06:00 PM

Makes me wish I’d had my lathe when I lost a bradford pear in my yard to Katrina.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 08-05-2011 06:18 PM

What a great story and a Gorgeous Bowl to boot!! Great Job!! Love the shape and finish…

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 08-05-2011 10:03 PM

Beautiful wood! Very nice bowl, Bill. Sometimes with frutwood you need a plastic shower curtain behind the lathe!


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#5 posted 08-05-2011 11:39 PM

Lovely way to save and & display a piece of history Bill, nice job :))

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

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

Hey thats awesome. Nice lookin work there.

-- Visit my Etsy site to see my burl wood jewelry at

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