Natural Edge Spalted Maple Bowl

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Project by rance posted 11-22-2011 12:26 AM 1583 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this very short stump of junk wood that I had thrown on my sidewalk thinking I might turn it into a very small bowl or cup. Well, as many of my intentions, it sat there for probably two years. It ended up splitting due to the lack of sealing of the ends and being directly exposed to the elements. Last week I chunked it into the back of the truck on my way to the shop. By the time I got to the shop, one big chunk got knocked off one side. Well, with bowls, you typically don’t use the pith anyways.

I roughed it out on the Bandsaw the best I could and mounted it to a faceplate on the round side so as to turn it with a natural edge. I took my time because of the many cracks in this. I really didn’t expect it to hold up to all the material removal that was in store. But it did, and here are the results. I REALLY should have taken a picture of it before I started. Maybe next time.

It is about 4” across. I ‘think’ it is Maple, so I’m calling it Spalted Maple. Finish was ‘Spray Bomb’ Lacquer. Not one of my best finishes. All comments and suggestions are welcome.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#1 posted 11-22-2011 12:51 AM

Very Rustic, Rance..

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Sam Shakouri

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#2 posted 11-22-2011 01:26 AM

Rustic, by Larry, is the word.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#3 posted 11-22-2011 01:31 AM

Rance, that is a very pretty bowl… with all those cracks in it, doesn’t that make it more difficult to cut on a lathe?

It’s amazing that it stayed together… to make such a NICE piece!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 11-22-2011 02:14 AM

any bowl is an awesome bowl. this is one of em. very nice bowl

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 11-22-2011 03:48 AM

Cool turning but be careful, that thing looks like it could have blown up in your face.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 11-22-2011 12:10 PM

You’re always outside the box. Great work. I don’t know how you get so much done, but I know you’re havin’ fun.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#7 posted 11-25-2011 03:49 AM

Thank you all. I’d hate to stay in a box all the time. It is fun to learn new things, especially on the lathe. Wooden Spheres are next!

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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