IronWood Bowl with Turquoise Inlay

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Project by scrappy posted 02-05-2012 01:44 AM 4817 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a bowl made from Arizona Ironwood. Bowl also has Turquoise inlay.

The wood was given to me buy a friend (along with 5 other pieces) so I made this bowl for him.

It is 5 1/4 inch diam. X 2 inch tall. Finished with carnuba wax.

This wasn’t as hard to turn as I thought it would be. I have had more trouble turning purpleheart! haha

Please leave all comments and suggestions. Thanks For Looking.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 02-05-2012 01:53 AM

Wow scrappy this is drop dead gorgeous ,very nice work and wood.

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#2 posted 02-05-2012 01:54 AM

My favorite wood that is a beautiful piece Dan. How did you like the smell of it? Mine always stinks somewhat


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#3 posted 02-05-2012 02:36 AM

Gorgeous, Dan. The Seri will be jealous.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 02-05-2012 02:40 AM

I love the Desert Ironwood. I’ve made a few pens for it and I’ve got a few other pieces but no item in mind yet.

Great looking bowl. I like the inlay.

I’ve got some turquoise. How did you process it for the inlay?

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#5 posted 02-05-2012 03:11 AM

Thanks for the great comments.

Jerry, It is the WORST smelling wood I have ever turned!

Karson, I got a stone and pestle made from marble. I start with small pieces and grind some to almost powder. That way you can fill with the larger first then add the powder to fill the smallest gaps. Set it in place with Super Glue. SAND flush! It is very hard on the tools.

Thanks Again for the great comments.


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#6 posted 02-05-2012 03:23 AM

Great looking! I have never used this wood, but it sure looks great. Did you get the turquoise from your area? My grandmother loved to go to Arizona and she talked about the wonderful stones out there, as well as the Indian stuff. She lived to over 100 and never stopped talking about your home state. Thanks for sharing!!


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#7 posted 02-05-2012 03:29 AM

That is some very distinctive timber Dan, nice job all round. :)

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#8 posted 02-05-2012 05:16 AM

looks cool

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#9 posted 02-05-2012 02:17 PM

Beautiful bowl – you can be proud of that one.

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#10 posted 02-05-2012 02:22 PM

What a beautiful bowl. The inlay just sets off the color in the bowl.
Nice work.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#11 posted 02-05-2012 03:15 PM

great work dan

nice shape
and the turquoise
really sets it off

well done

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#12 posted 02-05-2012 03:43 PM

that is so beautiful, i wondered if iron wood could be worked to that sure did a wonderful job with it, i lived in arizona for some time, but was a young kid, heard of iron wood, just never really saw any…what type of tree does it come from, is it a rare type of tree….and how big do they get…

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#13 posted 02-05-2012 04:32 PM

Very nice bowl. Very interesting, vibrant, grain. The turquoise dose add a nice bit flair. Well Done!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#14 posted 02-05-2012 05:14 PM

Thanks for all the great comments everyone.

Grizzman, Here is the Wikipedia page for the IronWood. It turned pretty good. Very hard, but with VERY sharp tools it cut good.

Hacksaw007, I got the Turquoise from a yard sale here in the Phoenix area. Not sure if it is native to this area or brought in. Got 2 large pill bottles of small pieces. Not big enough for jewelry but great for inlay.

Thanks Again for all the great comments everyone.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#15 posted 02-06-2012 07:34 AM

Hey its a nice bowl.
I am also using Iron wood to turn the bowls.
Indian Iron wood is good for this purpose.
I also made Soap bowl in Ironwood you can check it in my projects.
thanks for sharing the bowl with us..

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