Mesquite Natural Edge End Grain Bowl

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Project by Darell posted 983 days ago 1698 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While attending the SWAT wood turners symposium last summer I attended a demo on turning end grain natural edge bowls. So, I thought I’d like to give it a try. This bowl is Mesquite, 5” tall by 8 1/2” across at the widest point. The finish is 4 coats of thinned laquer with two coats of Renaissance wax. I think I was a bit ambitious this first time, making the bowl a bit larger than I should have but it worked out. I probably should have made the bark line a bit thinner but I was afraid if I made another cut or two that I’d lose a big chunk of the bark so I stopped. Wall thickness is about a quarter of an inch except for the bark ring. A few weeks ago three friends of mine from our wood turning club and I took a trip out to western Oklahoma and cut a couple of pickup loads of mesquite. This piece of mesquite is from that trip. This piece was turned wet, as was the one in the demo I attended last summer. First time I’ve turned wood that wet but it turned out OK.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#1 posted 983 days ago

I like the look of the bark rim.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 983 days ago

That’s cool. Nice looking bowl. I love the color of mesquite. It is nice you captured the sap wood too. I have to try that this year when we go to Arizona! I hope I can find some Mesquite without the oval worm holes in it, though…......Jim

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

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#3 posted 983 days ago

nice job Darell, mother nature has framed it well with that sap wood & bark, you have a nice finish to top it all off, well done :))

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

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#4 posted 983 days ago

beautiful bowl you have there. I wish I could get ahold of a piece of mesquite that looks like that.

-- San Diego, CA

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#5 posted 983 days ago

That’s a nice looking bowl, I really like the bark rim.

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#6 posted 983 days ago

That turned out so great.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 983 days ago

wow! great looking mesquite! Good job, keeping the bark on!

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#8 posted 982 days ago

Natural edge adds a great accent on that piece.

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