Purple Heart Bowl

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Project by MactheKnife posted 04-15-2013 10:28 PM 3845 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 9 inch Bowl turned out of an old block of Purple Heart. Its the first very hard wood I have turned. It was a lot harder than I anticipated and was like carving a bowling ball. I lost a clean inch from an old gouge whilst learning to work it. The results however are worth the effort! The gouge made a full recovery.

The external colours were brought out with a light touch from a small blow torch. The internal colour is from natural light for 1 day post turning and pre polishing.

The bowl is finished with one coat of friction polish.

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#1 posted 04-15-2013 11:28 PM

Great job! I’ve turned very small pieces of purpleheart, and you’re right, it’s very hard.

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#2 posted 04-15-2013 11:29 PM

Thanks Kreegan, scared myself a bit when I started!

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#3 posted 04-16-2013 01:06 AM

Nice piece.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 04-16-2013 01:47 AM

That is a great display of a purple heart bowl. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 04-18-2013 02:26 PM

Wow! That’s a gorgeous bowl. Love the purple heart, it really stands out.

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#6 posted 04-21-2013 04:49 PM

Just beautiful, Purple heart is my favorite wood.

-- Margery

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