Ambrosia Maple Bowl

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Project by DocK16 posted 2195 days ago 1179 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t had the time or ambition to start any big projects over the summer months, but I still find a few hours to crank out some turnings. I turned this green ambrosia maple bowl and let it sit overnight. When I went to finish it the following day it had bowed badly into an oval shape. Look closely and you can see. I ‘m hoping as it continues to dry it will revert back to a more round shape but I’m doubtful.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#1 posted 2195 days ago

Even if doesn’t return to the original shape, it is still beautiful.

Just tell everyone you turned it that way intentionally and let them try to figure out how you did it.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 2195 days ago

It’s hard to pick it out in the picture. Either way it is a very nice bowl.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#3 posted 2195 days ago

Nice looking bowl Doc. You should try soaking it in denatured alcohol. The process is explained here. Douglas Bordner has posted some additional links for the process on my latest project also. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 2195 days ago

Very nice looking bowl.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#5 posted 2194 days ago

I agree with Lew, either way it looks great!

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#6 posted 2194 days ago

Ditto Lew.
Turning oval bowls is a trade secret.

-- Allen, West Virginia - Never give up, Never surrender

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#7 posted 859 days ago

Round is rare in nature. The wood is enchanting because of its infection. enjoy the experience. If others want round there is allways plastic!

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