Wenge Wood Bowl

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Project by Joedcatman posted 10-17-2011 05:51 AM 1464 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine went to an estate auction and bought some wood bowl blanks. He gave me two bowl blanks in exchange for making him a bowl from a blank of African Wenge Wood so I guess this makes it my first commissioned piece. The blank was a 6” square by almost 4” thick. The color of these pictures is pretty darn close to the actual color of the bowl. The lighter wood tone around the lip of the bowl is sap wood.

This is the first time I have ever turned an exotic wood. Wenge is a very heavy and hard wood. I’m sure this blank is at least 10 years old so it is very dry. Even with my diamond-sharpened turning chisels, the shavings came off this piece almost the size and shape of coffee grounds.

There is no finish whatsoever on this piece. I did sand it down to 400 grit and then used the shavings to hand polish it. Lotsa fun, lotsa chisel sharpening, lotsa turning.

Working the bevel.

Any comments, tips, suggestions or questions are appreciated. I will try to answer any questions you may have. Working this one has been a thrill for me.

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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#1 posted 10-18-2011 12:38 AM

I can tell you hada lot of fun turning this one Joe, nice natural finish, looks good :)

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

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#2 posted 10-19-2011 07:50 AM

Now that your commissioned, the skys the limit. Great bowl…........

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 10-19-2011 08:25 AM

nice work. i need to get some wenge, and see how it turns.

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