President's Challenge

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Project by trifern posted 05-12-2008 02:29 PM 1588 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a President’s challenge of my local wood turning club to turn an end grain bowl. It is maple and walnut laminated with epoxy laced with chili powder. It measures 5” tall by 5.5” wide and is finished with wipe-on poly.

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

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#1 posted 05-12-2008 02:37 PM

Looks great!

This may sound silly, but what’s the chili powder do in the epoxy?

-- Living on the square...

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#2 posted 05-12-2008 02:40 PM

If you look close on the third picture you can see the thin outline between the maple and the walnut. The chili powder colors the epoxy to a pinkish cream color with red flakes. I thought it looks like the end grain of maple.

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

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#3 posted 05-12-2008 02:44 PM

Ah, now I see! That’s a clever transition-maker!

-- Living on the square...

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#4 posted 05-12-2008 02:44 PM

You’ve found a great way to smuggle chili powder.

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#5 posted 05-12-2008 03:25 PM

Chili Powder, learn something new everyday. Nice turning.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#6 posted 05-12-2008 03:54 PM


This is simply gorgeous. You have come a long way in a very short period of time. Thanks for the chili powder explanation. I didn’t have a clue either.

Wonderful post. By the way, I assume that this was a contest, how did you do?

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#7 posted 05-12-2008 04:01 PM

CHILI CRAZY! Nice bowl thanks for posting.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#8 posted 05-12-2008 05:20 PM

trifern, chili powder?! you are tooo cool! A great looking bowl, simple lamination but looks really good. Nice end turning as well.

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#9 posted 05-12-2008 05:44 PM

Very clever gluing trick…subtle but effective…


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#10 posted 05-12-2008 06:52 PM

Very nice Trifern (as always). I think I’m going to put taco seasoning on the menu for my next project. :)

Thanks for posting!

-- Martin, Kansas

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#11 posted 05-12-2008 08:38 PM

Just beautiful again trifern, great idea with the chili powder. That is what art is all about. Trying different things using different mediums, thats what determines one artist from another, using your own ideas, to create new things. Great job man. Love the color and design. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 05-12-2008 11:10 PM

Chilie? Interesting. Never too old to learn.

Nice job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#13 posted 05-12-2008 11:44 PM

This is brilliant, the self spicing mug! Just add tomato juice and vodka and you have a spicy bloody mary!

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#14 posted 05-13-2008 04:56 AM

Thanks for all the comments. I am glad I could spice things up.

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

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#15 posted 05-14-2008 01:45 AM

Excellent Trifern. Was the wipe on poly applied while turning or stationary?.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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