Lizard bowl

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This is the only picture I got of this project before it got away. This was a collaborative effort with my wife, Heidi. She had a client that wanted a big bowl decorated with a lizard. I turned as big of a hunk of Hackberry as I could get on my lathe. Finished diameter is slightly over 11”. Heidi did the woodburning and colorization with water based dyes (she’s the artist of the family). Barely visible is some detail on the outside of the bowl , a band with some designs and color on it too. The wood has a pale green hue when finished. Her client was elated!!

I wanted to add that the idea of dyeing the wood came from posts by Paul Miller (Shipwright) and the really wonderful work he did on “A Little Cabinetree”

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 10-29-2011 07:54 AM

Wow , i really like this one. I would love to have that bowl!! Can you tell me something about the proces of burning ?


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#2 posted 10-29-2011 10:25 AM

Amazing bowl. Tell your wife she is a great artist.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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David Grimes

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#3 posted 10-29-2011 11:06 AM

Really nice work.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#4 posted 10-29-2011 12:45 PM

I think that this is an extraordinary bowl.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 10-29-2011 02:20 PM

Fantastic work from both of you.



-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 10-29-2011 02:49 PM

That is outstanding!
Yes I have said it before your wife is a artist no doubt – it’s beautiful.
And I can imagine a task of patience and skill to paint inside a round bowl.
Beautiful, as simple as that, beautiful.
(The new owners guests must be turning green when they see this [MaFe’s bad humor]).
Best thoughts to both of you,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 10-29-2011 02:52 PM

Outta sight. That is a terrific bowl!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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#8 posted 10-29-2011 03:17 PM

Outstanding bowl! Your both are very talented. It looks like your wife used the woodburning to just get a pattern in the bowl to dye the lizard design. Nice idea.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#9 posted 10-29-2011 04:21 PM

Great bowl Ken.
You have teamed up top create a real winner. Can you describe the dyeing technique a little.
As you know I do a little hand dying and would be interested in your wife’s methods.

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

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#10 posted 10-29-2011 05:35 PM

This is gorgeous, Heidi certainly did a outstanding job with the woodburning and painting. It is fun to work as a team on a project. I love your creation, Oh, by the way your turning isn’t anything to shrug off either….

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

#11 posted 10-29-2011 06:46 PM

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#12 posted 10-29-2011 07:25 PM

I can only imagine the work involved in this bowl.
Great collaboration.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#13 posted 10-29-2011 08:15 PM

Fantastic bowl. You both deserve a very well done.

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#14 posted 10-29-2011 11:01 PM

Tallented combination piece, fantastic result you two :)

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

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#15 posted 10-30-2011 03:31 AM

Great teamwork! I just wished there were more pictures.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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