Eucalyptus Crotch-Winged Bowl (for COR Enterprises charity auction)

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Project by Brian Havens posted 06-04-2012 09:16 PM 2745 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year (in March 2011) I traveled to Todd Clippinger's shop to team up with Todd to make one of his Shaker Benches to be donated to the annual COR Enterprises charity auction.

This year, I cannot travel to Billings, so I decided to make something here in my San Jose (California) shop and send it to the auction in Billings.

I chose this piece because its form reminds me of the rustic, artisan simplicity of Billings, but the choice of Eucalyptus (although not native) is distinctly Californian.

Although not so much fun to turn, Eucalyptus has a distinctive color, texture, and beauty that makes it worth the hassle. It is subject to all the usual figuring (curly, crotch, etc.) but also has certain figure that I have only encountered in Eucalyptus. (I believe some of this figure to be remnants of long shed juvenile branches from when the tree was small.)

The style of the bowl is one of the (two) ways that I have figured out, to take advantage of the small amount of feather figure in relatively small pieces of crotch. The technique I used to make the wings, I learned from watching Stuart Batty make one of his “square bowls”. And just like Stuart’s bowls, the slightly curved edges on the wings are made wit a straight cut:

The wings have to be done to completion a little at a time; there is no going back:

Using the tool rest as a reference to cut straight:

Style: Crotch-Winged Bowl
Wood: Silver Dollar Eucalyptus (a.k.a Redbox Gum)
Finish: Boiled Linseed Oil + Beall Buff

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#1 posted 06-04-2012 09:36 PM

It is a wonderful piece you created. The grains are just amazing. I just purchased a piece of red gum, and am looking forward to use it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#2 posted 06-04-2012 09:56 PM

Beautiful, Brian. And it is interesting how you decided on the form to utilize relatively small feathery crotch patterns. You are very talented!


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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 06-05-2012 01:19 PM

This is great! I can’t wait to see it. Rita is drooling over it and says we need to win it at the auction.

The folks over at COR are excited to see both of our projects and I am interested to see the impact and financial boost these items bring.

I am hitting panic mode on my project. I ran into some technical difficulties which set me back. Gotta head back out to the shop!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 06-05-2012 11:34 PM

A beautiful piece. Nicely done and well executed. The turning videos are great as well. Professionally done.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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Brian Havens

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#5 posted 06-07-2012 10:42 PM

Thanks, everyone. It appears that the bowl made it to Billings in one piece, and with one day to spare. I eagerly await to see how it does at the auction. Todd Clippinger, who is as good a marketer as he is a craftsman, got it mentioned on a local Billings radio station.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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