laburnum bowl

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Project by rilanda posted 10-31-2012 07:23 PM 1483 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl was made from the fork of the tree with a smaller branch at the top of the 1st picture. it was a difficult piece to make as the smaller branch was showing signs of breaking away. Made before I had made my new face plate tool which would have been a God send for this project, by using a 1/2” bowl gouge. Not finished as well as I would normally like because of the risk of loosing it, however it is just about acceptable. The base is a piece of Sycamore That is dyed black using a spirit dye then glued into the recess left by my chucking system. Made a few weeks ago and the Laburnum has continued to shrink, this has opened up a small split at the left hand end of the bowl (1st picture). Love working with Laburnum although it is not the easiest timber to work with and it does produce a toxic dust so respiratory protection is essential. The Laburnum heartwood will eventually turn a very dark brown, almost black in colour, leaving the sapwood a very pale yellow, almost white in colour, this adds to the character of the piece giving it a more dramatic effect (in my opinion). Not a project I would recommend for the beginner or the faint hearted.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#1 posted 10-31-2012 07:31 PM

Very cool piece, and is very visually appealing to me.

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#2 posted 10-31-2012 07:47 PM

Looks like a big old mit.
What is this face plate tool you speak of?

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#3 posted 10-31-2012 09:06 PM

A very well done piece. Looks great and I bet it will “age” well.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 10-31-2012 09:23 PM

Yes. I have to say your works are full of character and depth.

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#5 posted 10-31-2012 09:50 PM

That is awesome. One of the most interesting pieces i have seen from any wood turning. This one rates up there in the top three for me, maybe number one.
Just goes to show what a man can do with his mind and hands, with the help of some tools.
This one you should be very proud of.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#6 posted 11-01-2012 07:42 AM

Funny, nice and very usefull bowl.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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