A rustic bowl of dunno wood

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Project by blarsen posted 06-02-2012 03:16 PM 1091 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have no idea what wood this is, it is from a log I picked up in a park nearby. The condition of the log (rotten) and my skills (likewise, but improving) combined to create a rather rustic piece.

This is certainly as big a bowl I can make with my midi lathe. Since the wood was extremely wet in places the piece was totally out of balance even after it was turned round.

I turned to final thickness while wet and let it dry indoors for a couple of months before I sanded and finished it. It warped a bit, but not too badly.

-- Bjørn Hell Larsen, Stavanger, Norway

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#1 posted 06-02-2012 03:43 PM

Having to guess from only one picture , I would say it’s Norway Maple , with a little spalting from the “rot”. : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 06-02-2012 08:54 PM

Nice bowl. Amazing what is hiding in those logs we see thrown away!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 06-04-2012 12:58 PM

your bowl looks very much like one of my last turnings which was burl cherry. nice looking bowl never the less

-- wooley

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#4 posted 06-04-2012 10:41 PM

I went back today to pick up a couple more pieces, and there was an intact tree standing next to the pile. Judging from the leaves, I believe it to be Elm. Especially since I wondered a bit about the smell, and found this at “Elm usually has a strong, unpleasant smell when green; though once dried has very little odor.”

-- Bjørn Hell Larsen, Stavanger, Norway

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