Spalted sweet gum bowl weathered

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Project by joey bealis posted 02-09-2012 03:51 PM 2325 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a spalted sweet gum bowl. The wood came from a neighbors yard after the tree had died. It spalted while the tree was standing. The tree finally fell during a little storm one night so I helped them clean it up and saved a few pieces of wood from it. I gave the outside of the bowl a weathered look. I used CA glue to harden the wood after turning since sweet gum is soft even when not half rotten. The inside has mineral oil finish and the outside has a high gloss poly. It is 4” tall and almost 8” wide. Thanks


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#1 posted 02-09-2012 03:54 PM

Very cool bowl.

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#3 posted 02-10-2012 12:40 AM

WOW really nice, how did you weather it?

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

Well the weathering comes from an old trick I had done a long time ago. We were doing a bar top at a coffee house and they wanted the wood to look weathered. So we got a hold of a 3” thick board of pine and we took it to a sandblaster made it look really good. We ended up having to cut one end of the top but still needed the weathered look so I took a wire brush on a drill and duplicated the sandblasting. I did the same on the bowl except just with a wire brush and turned the lath up to high speeds.


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#5 posted 02-10-2012 12:38 PM

good save of very appealing wood. If I may be so bold, I might suggest you make a disc & insert it into your chuck dovetail . Put on it, your name, wood type & when you made it. it gives the bottom a finished look , and it has info, that folks love to see. I’ve been doing it for 25 yrs, and folks really love the look

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