Holy Bowly

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Project by Dave2D2 posted 02-07-2012 07:10 AM 1672 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a Pecan hollow form. Darn thing took 10 forevers to sand. I drilled out the holes with regular drill bits, then cleaned and shaped them with a dremel. To sand all the edges round, i used strips of old sanding belts, weaving it into two holes and “flossing” it. The next one I carve holes in, will have a different pattern besides alternating them. It creates way too many “Y” shapes to contend with, unnecessarily.

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#1 posted 02-07-2012 07:14 AM

pretty fricken cool! Never seen anything like it. I’m guessing you turn the hollow vessel and then drill the holes, etc, etc???

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 02-07-2012 07:18 AM

Wow I can’t imagine the hours and hours you spent making this art form. Truly amazing.

-- wood crafting & classes

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#3 posted 02-07-2012 07:58 AM

Amazing. I would say that is well worth the enormous effort. Well done.

-- Kayvon

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#4 posted 02-07-2012 03:58 PM

What a unique turning! Great work! I just wouldn’t put any liquids in it.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 02-07-2012 05:30 PM

cool, kinda “extreme piercing” !!

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#6 posted 02-07-2012 09:41 PM

Wow you must be a Sandingalcoholic Dave, well done

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

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#7 posted 02-07-2012 11:24 PM

Wow, that is a nice looking pierced bowl. I don’t always get the piercing thing, but I am getting it now.
I would like it if you could post a few more pictures.
I like the fingers reaching up. Maybe if one turned it green the fingers would bend and give it even more of an organic look.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Mel,

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#8 posted 02-08-2012 02:19 AM

Great project Dave. Your patients for sanding is inspirational!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#9 posted 02-08-2012 04:15 AM

That’s a VERY nice piece Dave. So what’s so bad about the Ys? I can’t see them any more trouble than +’s.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#10 posted 02-09-2012 01:42 AM


-- Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead. -Aldous Huxley

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#11 posted 02-09-2012 03:31 PM

Great design! Kinda organic. Amazing work. Thanks for sharing.
Any finish on it?

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#12 posted 02-09-2012 04:18 PM

That’s a work of art and I don’t think that I have seen any thing like it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 02-20-2012 03:49 AM

Thanks everyone, sorry it took so long to reply. @ rance, its not so much the y’s themselves, just the pattern called for so many y’s that it was way time consuming. Maybe some longer holes would work better.
@johnnystrawberry, just a light coat of blo. Just enough to bring the color out.
@jeepturner, I think one would have to be able to turn and carve to final thicknesses quickly enough to not dry so it could have a shot at warping. Which for me isn’t really possible cause I don’t just stay on a piece till its done, I always have a few in rotation. Check out Alain Mailland’s work, if u want to see what can be done with green wood, ultra thin turnings, and steam.

Thanks again for all the kind words. I’ll post up some more pics.

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