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Project by Eric in central Florida posted 10-25-2011 04:59 AM 4513 views 3 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

They cut down several big, beautiful oak trees in my neighborhood the other day because the roots were going to topple a big brick wall. It made me heart sick.
So, I asked for a few pieces and I turned this large fruit bowl as a tribute to those magnificent oaks.
The grain is just beautiful and the pictures don’t even come close to showing it properly.

I know turning it green is probably going to make it twist, turn, pop, sizzle and dance all over the place, but I figure what the hell, that will give it a little more character.
I had to resharpen my tools three times on this one piece alone.

Those beautiful trees may be gone, but now they will not be forgotten!

Thank you to all my friends who offered advise on this project.
(I need all the help I can get) lol

I’m not much of a turner, but it’s a lot of fun.

The finish is sprayed on polyurethane.
I have more wood from these trees and I think I may try to rive a few pieces to make a box down the road.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.





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Raskal

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#1 posted 10-25-2011 05:42 AM

very nice bowl

I like the idea of honoring the tree, well done

please do a followup to see what the wood does as it dries

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Jeremy Greiner

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#2 posted 10-25-2011 05:45 AM

That is a great looking bowl.

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer: http://www.1024studios.com/cuttingboard.html

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B13

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#3 posted 10-25-2011 06:45 AM

Great! job

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Karson

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#4 posted 10-25-2011 07:02 AM

Beautiful job. And a great salvage piece.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Bearpie

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#5 posted 10-25-2011 07:23 AM

Fun, wasn’t it?

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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doordude

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#6 posted 10-25-2011 08:09 AM

nice job on the bowl. if you got the side walls and bottom fairly thin,it shouldn’t crack or twist.
but that is a lot of surface on the bowl; your supposed to put some finish on as you go to slow the drying.
just my two cents.

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ellen35

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#7 posted 10-25-2011 12:32 PM

Beautiful bowl… love the contrasting pictures of before and after.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 10-25-2011 12:44 PM

It’s really a very nice bowl. Good work!

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 10-25-2011 12:59 PM

It looks great! I love the grain in the last picture.

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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slickSqueegie

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#10 posted 10-25-2011 03:25 PM

It looks great right now. But if you would have simply roughed it and let is sit in a bag a couple months it would be dry and not move nearly as much as it will. but. you may get luck and not have it crack. just ripple and twist and bend! that would be awesome for sure!

Nice work!

-- Come check out more of my projects at http://www.mdwoodart.com

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 10-25-2011 04:02 PM

Beautiful bowl!. It is best to turn the oak green to avoid the checking that you get with all that open grain. It may move a bit but that gives it character of a fresh turned piece. Thanks for sharing!!

It looks like that log maxed out your lathe. Did it turn that big of a diameter alright? Or could you stall the lathe with heavy cut?
Thanks, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Beginningwoodworker

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#12 posted 10-25-2011 04:03 PM

Beautiful fruit bowl.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Jim Bertelson

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#13 posted 10-25-2011 04:10 PM

Neat idea and great looking bowl….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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TheDane

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#14 posted 10-25-2011 05:40 PM

Wow! And on a Delta midi lathe, too!

That had to be one heavy bowl blank … nice job.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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redryder

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#15 posted 10-25-2011 06:47 PM

I don’t know much about this turning stuff but I am starting to get TURNED on…..........

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

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