I got the big payday for this one!

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A friend that I got to know last year, Sally, saw some of my bowls and vases at another friends house and when she ran into me this morning commented on how much she liked them and wondered if I would sell her one.

Little did she know that I was trying to figure out how to do something nice for her as she has been going through serious health issues. While playing tennis with her husband last night I ask him how she was doing and he said she is in a lot of pain lately. So this morning I took her to our place and this is the bowl she fell in love with and picked out that she wanted to buy from me. My wish to help ease her pain was realized and her smile was my payment, and that to me was priceless. So this is why I feel I got top dollar for this bowl.

It is made from Norfolk Island Pine and finished with shellac, boiled linseed oil and denatured alcohol. It is about 11” wide and 8” tall. It is a piece I finished a few months ago.

I enjoyed turning this bowl, and even enjoyed it more a second time when I “turned” it loose to a well deserving lady. Her smile is worth a few K don’t ya think?

-- Mark clio,mi ..making wood talk is fun

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#1 posted 485 days ago

you will find no better payment than a smile and appreciation of a gift, I’m sure she also feels love given.

-- Stan, Shelbyville, Ky

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#2 posted 485 days ago

it is a beautiful piece of work

-- Stan, Shelbyville, Ky

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#3 posted 485 days ago

What a wonderful bowl and a beautiful story. I think this world needs more people like you. Thanks for sharing your project. keep them coming and make others happy.

-- wood maestro....... Be Well, Do good work, and Stay in touch

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#4 posted 485 days ago

Those kind of paydays I like the best.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#5 posted 485 days ago

Your a good man Mark,this is a beautiful bowl.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 485 days ago

Good on you Mark!
Payin’ It Forward… gotta love it! (insert applauding smiley face here)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 485 days ago

That is one beautiful bowl!!!!!!!!!!!!.............Jim

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

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#8 posted 485 days ago

Great story, and a terrific payment, probably the best ever.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#9 posted 485 days ago

You most certainly got top dollar that cannot be equaled with folding money. Very nice…

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#10 posted 485 days ago

Mark, I think that million dollar smile says it all! You did a very good thing here!

That is a beautiful bowl. I don’t do lathe stuff but have a question about your finish: what does the BLO add in trems of look/texture? and what ratio is your mix? (That was 2 questions-sorry)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 485 days ago

Very nice work! I have a piece of Norfolk Island Pine drying outside. I hope to find as good a purpose for it as you did here.

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#12 posted 485 days ago

gfadv – In this case the mix was 1/3 BLO !/3 shellac and 1/3 DA. NIP tends to soak up a lot of this mix and In the last few coats I did a a French polish process while it was spinning on the lathe. Most of my NIP pieces do not turn as golden as this one did but it was also had heavy Spaulding.

kreegan – My experience with NIP is that if it gets too dry it can be very difficult to turn the end grain and gets punky if left uncoated after about three months. I try to rough turn green and if I want more Spaulding keep in a black garbage bag for a month or two.

-- Mark clio,mi ..making wood talk is fun

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#13 posted 485 days ago

Thanks Mark

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 485 days ago

Awesome job, awesome deed. Must be because you’re an awesome person.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#15 posted 485 days ago

Priceless, well done

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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