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Project by Transition posted 1055 days ago 1219 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

American Chestnut Bowls – a friend commisioned a set of 4 nested, decorative/utility bowls. She left the choice of wood to me and I happened to have the good luck of coming across a downed American Chestnut tree. It had been down for quite some time and I turned around 8 bowls to get these four – knots, and cracks, and other surprises. Dimentions are 11”-8” x 3” x 1/4”. They are finished with several coats of General Finishes salad bowl finish. As always comments are welcome…

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA - www.TransitionTurning.com





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grizzman

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#1 posted 1055 days ago

those are some really nice bowls, love the wood…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 1055 days ago

great looking bowls, and I always thought chestnut was a darker wood.

-- Smitty!!!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 1055 days ago

Very cool! They really came out nice. :)

Sheila

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 1055 days ago

Those are REALLY PRETTY bowls!

Your customer will LOVE them!

I was just wondering how you did it…
... Cut a slab, maybe 4”-5” thick, trim as required to get desired Dia. close, turn the inside, turn the outside sides, ... get lost…
How would you do the outside bottom?

Sure is a NICE set of bowls!

You did GOOD!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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peteg

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#5 posted 1055 days ago

Thats a great set Andrew, did you use a bowl saver to core them? I am sure they will be well recieved nicely done :)

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

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Blake Thornton

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#6 posted 1055 days ago

Do you have an enormous chuck for the bottom?

Grain pattern is fantastic, and I really like the lip.

Is it the camera angle or is the smaller bowl slightly too tall for the set, without using a corer it seems like making a nested set would be incredibly dificult

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Blake Thornton

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#7 posted 1055 days ago

Do you have an enormous chuck for the bottom?

Grain pattern is fantastic, and I really like the lip.

Is it the camera angle or is the smaller bowl slightly too tall for the set, without using a corer it seems like making a nested set would be incredibly dificult

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Transition

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#8 posted 1055 days ago

Thanks everyone!

@Smitty – I had the same thought. It appears that Chestnut is not Chestnut brown! I was going to lodge a complaint…

@Joe – My lathe has a 9”swing over the bed, but allows me to turn on the outside of the head stock (no tailstock). I have an 8” faceplate on which to mount my blank. I rough turned the outside first, including a tenon on the bottom. Then I mounted the bottom and rough turned the inside to about 3/4” thickness. Let dry. Finish turned. Chiseled off the tenon and sanded the bottom. It sounds so easy…

@Pete – I did not use a bowl saver. My method allowed me to adorn my slate walkway and flower beds with a thick covering of Chestnut shavings. I’m not sure I could have used a bowl saver anyway given the condition of the wood. The wood was not processed quickly (the tree fell and sat untouched for ~8yrs). But I’m happy with what I got out of it.

@Blake – All of the bowls are pretty darn close when sitting side by side. The smallest bowl was slightly taller until I rechucked it. In this case it is the camera angle and a failure to be attentive to the stacking. As the fates decided, the wood moved, and as a special feature, they stack best when the grains are aligned. It did take a very long time to do this. The wood was not the easiest to work.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA - www.TransitionTurning.com

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Ovidiu

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#9 posted 1051 days ago

Very beautiful bowls. I do not know how to say, but it looks very fresh … somehow.

-- Ovidiu from Transylvania

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socks

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#10 posted 1044 days ago

These beautiful, and so very well crafted bowls are sitting in our kitchen right now—I doubt they will be given away as a wedding gift. The wood color is a beautiful chestnut and actually matches our chestnut kitchen cabinets. The photo color does not do them justice. They are just too lovely and seem so happy in our home :) Thank you Andrew!

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 1044 days ago

COOL procedure… Thank you.

Sure look good!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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oldnovice

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#12 posted 659 days ago

I am not a turner but these are good looking bowls!

I saw the words bowl saver, what is that (you can tell I am not a turner)?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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