Claro Walnut Bowl With Wire

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Project by scrappy posted 01-04-2012 04:41 AM 2299 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a Claro Walnut Bowl I did with a little something extra. I decided to try adding a second medium to this turning. Wire.

This is my first attempt at any kind of carving in a LONG time. Tried to make this look like the wire was cinching the edge of the wood. Kinda like it was cloth? Wife thinks it turned out pretty good so I am happy with it.

Used the indexing head on my lathe to get the spacing even. Then carved the grooves deeper and rounded them over. Drilled holes along the under side to loop the wire through.

Used speaker wire for the cinching. It was a lot of trouble trying to strip the wire. Kept cutting through the strands. Used speaker wire because I wanted to twist both the copper color and the silver color together. (Tried just the copper but think this looks better.)

Love the color and grain of the Claro Walnut.

Finished with several coats of “Old Masters, Tung Oil/Varnish”

Please leave all comments and critiques. I am always trying to improve and your comments help.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 01-04-2012 04:45 AM

Neat effect! The two colors of wire look good.

How did you deal with the ends?

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#2 posted 01-04-2012 04:58 AM

Scrappy, I love the look. I need to give that a try.

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#3 posted 01-04-2012 05:04 AM

Great job Dan, the extra mile with the carving & wire was worth it & realy adds something of difference, the Claor gives it a sort of medieviel look about it to my eye. :: )))

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

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#4 posted 01-04-2012 05:05 AM

Cool idea nice job Scrappy.

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#5 posted 01-04-2012 05:29 AM


This is super! Everything about it is just delightful! How big is it?

You really nailed the look—got the cinching just right! Thanks for sharing.


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#6 posted 01-04-2012 06:18 AM

Sorry. Forgot to put the size.

8 inch diam X 4 inch tall

sras; I made 2 holes part way through for the ends, instead of threading it all the way through. Then pinned them in place with a brad nail. Seems to have worked.

Thanks for all the great comments everyone.


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#7 posted 01-04-2012 06:23 AM

Scrappy: A very nice variation from a standard turning.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#8 posted 01-04-2012 06:37 AM

Nice job! Great concept! And I’ve learned that if the wife likes it, I should put down my tools before I ruin the piece…

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#9 posted 01-04-2012 08:57 AM

nice looking bowl… The wire adds a neat twist

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#10 posted 01-04-2012 01:32 PM

neat idea, scrappy. keep having fun!

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#11 posted 01-04-2012 01:40 PM

dan that looks cool
will you be bringing it to the next meeting?
if i can get off work befor 7:00 that day i would like to ck it out

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#12 posted 01-04-2012 03:34 PM

Very imaginative, Scrappy. I really like the effect.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 01-04-2012 03:49 PM

Very Nice Dan hope you all had a happy new year


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#14 posted 01-04-2012 04:52 PM

Great idea and great job. Not sure I would have the patience to strip the wire though.. I would have to get some naked wire from somewhere..:) I have no patience…

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#15 posted 01-04-2012 07:10 PM

Interesting twist(pun intended). Nice job.

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