Square Walnut Bowls

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Project by JamesVavra posted 11-24-2011 07:05 PM 2199 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 11-24-2011 07:34 PM

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 11-24-2011 07:34 PM

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

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#3 posted 11-24-2011 07:35 PM

Very beautiful, James!

-- Matt in Dripping Springs

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#4 posted 11-24-2011 08:52 PM

Nice Walnut and great projects : )

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#5 posted 11-24-2011 09:33 PM

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

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 11-24-2011 09:41 PM

Creatively amazing!!

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#7 posted 11-25-2011 12:36 AM

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 11-25-2011 04:49 AM

Great idea. Great work!

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#9 posted 11-25-2011 08:20 AM

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 11-25-2011 01:47 PM

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 11-25-2011 02:59 PM

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 11-27-2011 05:15 AM

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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