"uglywood" bowls

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Project by Bill posted 07-10-2012 03:45 PM 1389 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My favorite conversations start out with “I have this huge tree in my yard thats been down for years… wouod you be interested?” The first bowl came out of a massive maple stump that had enough left over to make several boards for boxes. The second bowl was came from a box elder stump. These were both a couple of years away from turning into dirt and were extremely difficult to finish.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-10-2012 11:19 PM

Great bowls!! I love spalted maple, too!!!!!!!!!!! any you have the red box elder. tow great favorites. you don’t have to get exotic wood to find some of the most beautiful wood in the world!!!!!!!!!
I look for many more beautiful projects from you with those trees!! thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!.........Jim

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

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#2 posted 07-11-2012 04:39 AM

Nice pieces. The coloration in the box elder is certainly unique !

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#3 posted 07-11-2012 05:39 PM

They look great! Did you do anything to stabilize wood while turning? I’m working on a similar spalted maple bowl and could use some suggestions.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#4 posted 07-13-2012 09:42 PM

@socrbent One thing that works really well is thinning down laquer about 50/50, and letting that saturate the wood just brush it on heavy until it stops soaking in. Then get your bowl gouge as sharp as you can, and get your speed up pretty high. That’s about the only way to get punkier wood smooth that I know of.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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