"batya'" Bowl

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Project by Benji Reyes posted 05-21-2013 08:57 AM 2743 views 14 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I Never posted any of the bowls I sculpt and this will be a first. The wood is spalted narra. I came across several pieces of these years back and thought they were just fantastic. This is probably the most beautiful wood I’ll ever get to work with. Over here in the Philipines, they’re much rarer than amboyna burl. I get to extract a huge portion of this valuable wood from the center of the bowl and sculpt them into personalized gun grips.

The bowl measures:

L 28” D 9” W 15”

Have a nice day guys!!!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#1 posted 05-21-2013 09:02 AM

Fantastic. I like your style

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#2 posted 05-21-2013 09:10 AM

OMG This right here ladies and gentlemen this is a beautiful masterpiece. Congrats Benji Reyes this is truly magnificent. I may have gone at bit to far but I LOVE IT.

-- No tree was harmed in the making of this project...... wait a minute, yes there was, uh oh

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#3 posted 05-21-2013 09:25 AM

Wonderful sculpturing work Benji and a very beautiful wood.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 05-21-2013 11:01 AM


How come you have never posted before.

Thank you so much for this one.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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#5 posted 05-21-2013 12:22 PM

wow Benji, that is a pure hunk of gold, you did a beautiful job with this, and if you don’t mind you can ship it to me after you have shown it some….....i mean come on Benji, i’ve just got to have something you made…think it over buddy…:))........that must have been so fun to carve, seeing the color come to life…thanks for sharing it Benji

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 05-21-2013 12:40 PM


Your creativeness and eye for color and shape are fantastic. A beautiful job you created there.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#7 posted 05-21-2013 01:28 PM

Beautiful Benji it is like liquid, the centre of a splash


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 05-21-2013 01:44 PM

Very beautiful bowl Benji !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#9 posted 05-21-2013 01:46 PM

Another wonderful piece of art. Beautiful work Benji and the wood….WOW!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#10 posted 05-21-2013 01:54 PM

Beautiful wonderful huge bowl, I could not believe when I looked at the size of the bowl. I am glad you
saved the wood from the middle of the bowl for other great projects. What type of custom grips do you
do, regular or specialized target grips? Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 05-21-2013 02:08 PM

Very nice…I like this a lot.

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#12 posted 05-21-2013 02:09 PM

This is spectacular and the wood id amazing.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 05-21-2013 02:09 PM

The color, shape and character are just perfect – then I notice the size. This is an awesome bowl! WOW!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 05-21-2013 02:59 PM

Absolutely Awesomealistic…! Creativity and beautiful woods are always a winner….

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#15 posted 05-21-2013 03:32 PM

Fantastic! I really admire your work. I would love to see those gun grips!

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