Koi Bowl

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Project by scrollingmom posted 06-18-2013 02:32 PM 1741 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another first for me. I am enjoying doing new projects. I have been scoping out this pattern for awhile. It is a bowl with the Koi swimming in the bottom. The lily pads are raised just an 1/8”, everything else is flush. The bottom sits about 1” from the top of the bowl. The entire project is made of Pine, so wasn’t too difficult to work with.

The bowl measures approximately 11 1/2” diameter, 4” tall. The painting in the project was pretty easy, just acrylic paint, although I spray painted the outside of the bowl. The pattern called for flat black , which I used, but then I put a light coat of wax on the outside. The fish I sprayed with triple thick poly to give it some depth. The other thing I thought was neat about the pattern that you used every piece of board. The only waste was the corners from cutting out the round piece. The pattern was created by Deborah Nicholson.

Thanks for looking.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#1 posted 06-18-2013 02:40 PM

Very nice bowl. Very nice picture.Something different

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#2 posted 06-18-2013 02:45 PM


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#3 posted 06-18-2013 03:02 PM

Fantastic… Really like it! Wonder about using select blue mahoe for the water and pour epoxy over the koi and under the lillies… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#4 posted 06-18-2013 03:29 PM

That looks really awesome! I love it! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 06-18-2013 03:30 PM

Very nice!

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#6 posted 06-18-2013 03:32 PM

Very Cool! Nicely done!


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#7 posted 06-18-2013 04:06 PM

Very well done! Great bowl even without the fish.

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#8 posted 06-18-2013 04:18 PM

That is very nice! I like it.


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#9 posted 06-18-2013 05:15 PM

Beautiful work Kelly!

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#10 posted 06-18-2013 05:47 PM

That is sweet, Kelly. That last close up really shows it off nicely! Great work as usual!!

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

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#11 posted 06-18-2013 06:04 PM

That is way kool Kelly

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#12 posted 06-18-2013 06:46 PM

that’s a neat idea Kelly, a combination of sculpture, woodturning, and intarsia, neat project!

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#13 posted 06-18-2013 08:24 PM

Really wonderful workmanship I love this piece.Could you give us some ideas of how trhis is done the fish are carved pesumably. Alistair ps I looked again very very nice work

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#14 posted 06-19-2013 01:09 AM

Thank you everyone. You always make me feel good about my projects.

Sanding2day… After I finished I thought this pattern would be good using different woods for the colors.
Scotsman…. This pattern is done all in the same piece of wood. They are done like segmentation and then sanded around the edges and put back together and painted.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#15 posted 06-19-2013 03:54 AM

Beautiful Kelly! a really neat project. Thanks for sharing.

-- Anna

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