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Project by scrappy posted 907 days ago 2570 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.

Scrappy

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





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 907 days ago

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

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Seer

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#2 posted 907 days ago

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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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 907 days ago

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 907 days ago

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?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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scrappy

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#5 posted 907 days ago

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.

Scrappy

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

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Hacksaw007

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#6 posted 907 days ago

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!!

-Mike

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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peteg

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#7 posted 907 days ago

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

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

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#8 posted 907 days ago

looks cool

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murch

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#9 posted 907 days ago

Beautiful bowl – you can be proud of that one.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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ellen35

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#10 posted 907 days ago

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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patron

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#11 posted 907 days ago

great work dan

nice shape
and the turquoise
really sets it off

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 907 days ago

that is so beautiful, i wondered if iron wood could be worked to that extent..you 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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ShopTinker

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#13 posted 907 days ago

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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scrappy

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#14 posted 907 days ago

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.

Scrappy

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

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mahadevwood

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#15 posted 906 days ago

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..

-- http://www.mahadevwood.com

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