Black Walnut Bowl with Copper Wire Inlay

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Project by RobertJ posted 03-12-2012 08:13 PM 6330 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This 200# black walnut trunk and root section should give me 3 bowls. The bowl shown is my first. It is approx 12” diameter and 6” deep. The only finish is compound buffing and a coat of Fornby’s Tung Oil and carnauba wax. I’ve never tried inlay but decided to feed a groove with bare electrical copper wire.The bowl no longer has the inlay…I didn’t realize that you should wait for the bowl to change shape! I’ve also learned about annealing and hardening the copper and will try again soon. The bowl was cut 1 day and finished on the 3rd day.

-- RobertJ, Southern California

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#1 posted 03-12-2012 10:33 PM

Beautiful bowl.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 03-12-2012 11:28 PM

walnut is my favorite tree, from the nuts to the beauty of its grain.

-- Michiganmark, I dream in wood......I'll blame it on my grandfather

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#3 posted 03-12-2012 11:34 PM

you did the wood justice,good job

-- jim nevada

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#4 posted 03-12-2012 11:40 PM

That is truly outstanding, excellent work

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 03-13-2012 01:28 AM

That’s one great looking bowl Robert, well done

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

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#6 posted 03-16-2012 01:20 AM

good job black walnut is a fabulos wood type also like wood lathe finally getting the big lathes ive allways wanted. if you ever need walnut burl i can help got 35 walnut burls that i will be cutting up soon. keep up good work. were do you get your walnut burl from.

-- Chad Manzanitaman

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#7 posted 03-16-2012 02:53 PM

I didn’t realize this was walnut burl. It’s just the base of the trunk where the large roots sprout laterally. I’d LOVE to get my hands on some walnut burl. Are you in So Cal?

-- RobertJ, Southern California

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