Red Elm Free Form Bowl

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Project by crashman posted 06-22-2013 01:18 PM 1298 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello, I rec’d several chunks of this Red Elm from a couple of regulars @ a local Mom & Pop Restaurant that I go to for lunch. They have seen some of my projects & asked if I wanted a few pieces of Red Elm of course I could not turn that down so here is my first project from that gift. The logs were cut for firewood so are not very long and limited as to what I can make. The grain in this wood is beautiful and made a very nice bowl, there was no plan or design, I just hogged out the interior & rounded the ends off. The angled ends were how the chain saw cut the log originally. Finish is 4 coats of satin Deft rattle can Lacquer, 00000 steel wool between coats, & a final coat of MinWax. Thanks for looking….........................................Jack

P.S. Bowl will be a gift to my Son

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#1 posted 06-22-2013 03:39 PM

Very nice Jack great job.

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#2 posted 06-22-2013 04:32 PM

Very nice save!

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#3 posted 06-22-2013 05:20 PM

Looks great!

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#4 posted 06-22-2013 07:18 PM

Great looking bowl. The grain pattern and finish that you got are outstanding. Nice job.

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

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#5 posted 06-23-2013 12:09 AM

Looks great, I’m digging the grain pattern

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#6 posted 06-23-2013 01:09 PM

Really, really nice Jack. But I notice the pith in the bowl, won’t that crack as the wood dries?

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#7 posted 06-23-2013 07:50 PM

harrywho, This wood was so dry it was almost like a powder when I was carving, there was already some cracking/splitting when I rec’d it. I stabilized the cracks/voids w CA adhesive before & after the carving, so I hope its done with that phase….......................Jack

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#8 posted 06-25-2013 03:17 PM

Very nice.

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#9 posted 06-26-2013 01:41 PM

Like the shape, your bowl looks fantastic. The wood with its grains and finish is top notch.

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#10 posted 06-26-2013 09:39 PM

I appreciate the look of clean grain popping finishes. Great job.

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#11 posted 06-26-2013 09:49 PM

Excellent !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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