150 year old California Oak Bowl with bark inclusions

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Project by RobertJ posted 11-18-2011 03:32 AM 1160 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A woman artist called and said that a 150 year old oak tree had fallen over in her yard in Ojai. This is one of many large diameter bowls I was able to get out of the huge rounds I picked up. This bowl was cut two weeks ago and is nearly stable. I’m watching the cracks and areas where the grain is raising but the shape remains stable. If you’ve read my profile you know that I am not adhering to normal drying or turning techniques but I think I’m on to something???

-- RobertJ, Southern California

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#1 posted 11-18-2011 04:14 AM

Gorgeous! I love the bark inclusions. I’m now off to read your blog on the non-standard drying techniques which you are on to…

-- --bch

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#2 posted 11-18-2011 06:01 AM

Very nice work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 11-18-2011 08:23 AM

I like the looks of the bowl.

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#4 posted 11-18-2011 08:47 AM

Lovely piece indeed Robert, great natural look about it, you havn’t given us a size, you have hinted Large?
Well done & a warm welcome to LJ’s, could easily look at some more of this :: ))

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

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#5 posted 11-18-2011 05:50 PM

Very nice bowl. I really like grain patterns on oak pieces and this one is really nice.

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#6 posted 11-18-2011 10:45 PM

Wow…I’m still trying to figure out how to utilize and navigate Lumberjocks and was surprised that anyone had already made comments. THANK YOU! This oak bowl is 10 1/2” diameter, 6 1/4” height.

Picked up sevral huge chunks of dry white ash yesterday. Started turning last night. Not sure how it will finish (does it yellow with oils or lacquer)?

PS. Does anyone know how to get photos into our personnel gallery? I can’t figure it out.

Thanks again.

-- RobertJ, Southern California

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#7 posted 11-19-2011 12:17 AM


-- J Wrench Syracuse New York

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#8 posted 11-19-2011 12:22 AM

OMG! This would scare the bejeebers outta me to turn this. (Yes, I said “bejeebers”)
One of these days I’m gonna hafta try something like this. But not until my bejeebers have been firmly secured inside… :-D

Awesome looking bowl! I assume you had to add a stabilizer to prevent it from disintegrating on the lathe.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#9 posted 11-19-2011 03:24 PM

Robert, that is just all kinds of nice! Great work.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#10 posted 11-19-2011 04:06 PM

Beautiful piece.


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