Spalted chestnut bowl

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Project by Ovidiu posted 01-14-2012 01:05 PM 1883 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On the second day of the year someone asked me to cut a dried chestnut. It was dry for several years. The wood is very soft because it is almost rotten, but I found hard pieces to root. In this area the wood is spalted. This is the first bowl that I managed to finish it. I had two attempts before but the blanks was broken during turning. Finished with linseed oil.

-- Ovidiu from Transylvania

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#1 posted 01-14-2012 03:51 PM

I really like spalted wood. You did a great job.!!

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#2 posted 01-14-2012 04:55 PM

Very nice. I have a similar chestnut to harvest that’s been standing dead for about five years. Hope to find something as beautiful as that to work with. A true testament to patience and perseverance. I think the spalt would have all ended up firewood after two crumblings in my shop. Love your turnings!

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#3 posted 01-14-2012 06:17 PM

Beautiful bowl.nice work.

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#4 posted 01-14-2012 07:23 PM

Gorgeous wood, nice finish..

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#5 posted 01-14-2012 10:47 PM

Great bowl

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#6 posted 01-14-2012 11:00 PM

Nice classical turn Ovidiu, I notice you hold by “jaw expansion” in a recess, this will often end in the outward breakaway as per yopu photo, Why not try holding on a tennon “compression” & you will not have as many failures, you also have a natural footed bowl to add some elevation to your piece.
You would normally try to g\size the base at 1/3 + 10% of the rim diameter,
cheers Pete :: ))

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#7 posted 01-15-2012 01:24 AM

Good looking bowl !! I’ve never worked with Chestnut wood,it sure is pretty wood !!

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#8 posted 01-15-2012 09:31 AM

Thanks to all

-- Ovidiu from Transylvania

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#9 posted 01-15-2012 03:08 PM

Lovely looking bowl Ovidiu.

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