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"In Transition" - A Natural Edge Walnut Calabash

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Project by mike posted 2235 days ago 1334 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch


In Transition measures 10” wide on the long axis, 8” on the short axis and stands 6” high. The average
wall thickness is 3/16” and weighs 9 oz.

Bowl blank from a tree harvest in January 2008 the piece was turned green and to final form and wall thickness then allowed to air dry for 2 weeks before finishing. Final sanding to 400 grit and finished with 5 coats of Watco Danish Oil, buffed with white diamond and waxed.

The calabash sits on an independent walnut base.

This piece is currently on display display at the MFA Gallery in Annapolis, MD. Through June 22 as part of a juried show of the Chesapeake Woodturners.

-- Mike, Maryland, www.thewoodenquill.com





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GaryK

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#1 posted 2235 days ago

That’s one great looking piece. Those edges look awful fragile.

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

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#2 posted 2235 days ago

thats a really creative piece. like Gary said those edges do look fragile,

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#3 posted 2234 days ago

Beautiful piece!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 2234 days ago

Gorgeous piece of art. How did you dry it? Thank you for sharing.

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

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lightweightladylefty

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#5 posted 2233 days ago

That is absolutely incredible work! I love the thin walls, but cannot imagine how you were able to keep the bark intact.

Can you tell us how you turned it? Was it turned from an oval log to acquire the shape? If so, how do you keep from chipping out each time the knife re-enters the wood when you get past the 8 inches? And just how do you keep the fragile bark intact? We’ve never heard of turning green wood to finished thickness before drying. Everything we’ve read always says to leave it somewhat thick and then turn again after drying. Did you microwave it at all? Obviously, you certainly know how to turn. We would have guessed that you used a grinder or some other manual method. We’d love to know more. Can you write a blog about it?

This is a truly spectacular piece!

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mike

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#6 posted 2232 days ago

Thanks for all the great comments and questions. Give me a couple of days and I will write this project up for the group. Since the piece is currently on display at the Maryland Federation of the Arts Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD this is the only picture I have so unfortunately you can’t see the bottom.

For those that may be unaware “In Transition” is turned as a calabash. That is the bowl has no foot at the base and is turned round to mimic the shape of a gourd. The inspiration came from a demonstration of historic Hawaiian bowls which often took this shape so that the bowl could be nestled in the sand and always be stable. The base that the piece sits on is turned from another piece of walnut and is unattached to the bowl. This permits the bowl to be displayed at an angle pleasing to the owner or the environment.

More to come by the weekend.

Cheers Mike

-- Mike, Maryland, www.thewoodenquill.com

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 2230 days ago

Mike,

This is a beautiful turning. The natural edge certainly adds to the visual interest of the piece. I would be interested in seeing your blog on this one.

Thanks for the post.

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#8 posted 2229 days ago

Very nice work

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dennis mitchell

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#9 posted 2227 days ago

These turnings are awsome! I just love them.

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Callum Kendall

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#10 posted 2204 days ago

Great looking bowl!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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mmh

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#11 posted 2079 days ago

What a wonderful and unique bowl! What type of lathe are you using?

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mike

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#12 posted 2079 days ago

Meilie

Thanks for the look and the comments.

My shop lathe is a Rikon Midi Lathe with one bed extension.

For this piece I roughed out the blank on a larger lathe at our woodturners club and then brought the rough out back to my shop and did the finish turning.

If you get a chance please join us at the Chesapeake Woodturners meeting the 3rd Saturday of each month.
This month’s guest demonstrator is Jerry Whitehurst. You can find details on the club wedsite
www.chesapeakewoodturners.com

Cheers
Mike

-- Mike, Maryland, www.thewoodenquill.com

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