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“Honey pot” – Black Walnut with Spalted Maple Rim – a 4 month obsession…
I had a request from a fellow woodworker to make “…a large wooden bowl for those days when I want a nice large bowl of soup or cereal… a nice black walnut bowl, maybe 8 inches wide and about 6 inches deep and would leave any artistic work to you as you’re inspired…”
My self-imposed conditions:
Had to be beautiful, yet functional.
Had to be sturdy enough to take into the shop.
Had to be somewhat masculine in design.
I didn’t much think about the dimensions, but when I chucked the hunk of tree, and started making some measurements, I realized that this was going to hold a lot of soup/cereal!
I decided on a “honey pot” shape for several reasons: It allowed for a sturdy base, it gave a nice big lip for tilting the bowl to get at its contents, and it allowed for a rounded interior so that the bowl would hold its contents when tilted. And a “honey pot” seemed very appropriate for this woodworker!
I turned several bowls but the green Walnut wanted to warped or crack every time!. I decided to experiment with a contrasting ring that I could dry, then fit around the top to tame the warp. I wasn’t successful in taming the warp but I really liked the results.
This piece is 8” diameter x 5” high. The walls are ~1/4” thick gives it some heft, and translates into a bowl that won’t easily tip or move if accidentally bumped as it sits on a workbench. The bowl easily holds 1/2gal (or 2L). The outside is finished with General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish and the inside is finished with General Finishes Woodturners Finish, which has less gloss but was the product General recommended for applications involving high temp liquids.
-- Andrew, Orange County, CA - www.TransitionTurning.com