Square Walnut Bowls

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Project by JamesVavra posted 972 days ago 1531 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A week or so ago, I posted a blog on turning square bowls. These black walnut (Juglans nigra) bowls ended up being just under 10” square and about 4” tall.

Since they were sopping wet (the tree was cut down about a week before they were turned), I dried them in the microwave by recording their weight, zapping them on high for about a minute each, letting them cool down, and then repeating until their weight stopped changing.

They moved quite a bit; the wings are no longer a single plane, but I think the added wonkiness adds a bit. I really don’t like the form shown in photos 3 and 4 but thought I’d include it since it was part of the series.

These are finished with with a heavily thinned brush on lacquer, rubbed out with steel wool, and then waxed.

Thanks for looking; comments and critiques welcomed.


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#1 posted 972 days ago

I still have 1 prepared square blank and the whole second slab left over – I think the second slab is going to end up being less square…

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#2 posted 972 days ago

How did they smell cooking in the microwave?
Folks like Walnut for smoking meat.

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#3 posted 972 days ago

Very beautiful, James!

-- Matt in Dripping Springs

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#4 posted 972 days ago

Nice Walnut and great projects : )

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#5 posted 972 days ago

A great way to show off some beautiful walnut. Nice turnings!

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#6 posted 972 days ago

Creatively amazing!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#7 posted 972 days ago

Nice work james, the view in pic 6 looks like a vortex it is a fabulous shot :)

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

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#8 posted 971 days ago

Great idea. Great work!

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#9 posted 971 days ago

There is some very interesting grain. The square design helps show if off more than just a simple round bowl.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#10 posted 971 days ago

A great idea to highlight the grain. I really need to try to make something like this. Thanks for sharing.

-- Ovidiu from Transylvania

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#11 posted 971 days ago

Gonna have to try that. Nice bowls, good work, turn it, don’t burn it!

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

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#12 posted 969 days ago

Thanks for the comments everyone. @Campy – it smells almost exactly like what you would expect, very similar to how it smells while being cut, but a bit steamy.

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