My First Not a Bowl

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Project by RichCMD posted 08-17-2013 02:59 PM 1359 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started as my first attempt to carve a bowl. Right from the start, it became more of a learning experience than a project that would end with a nice bowl.

I used wedges to split the log, and it did not split down the middle as I hoped. This piece came off as roughly a C shape. I decided to go ahead and see if I could do anything with it, but the shape of the split log dictated the shape of the “bowl”. I also bought a fore, which gives better control when splitting (Big Lesson Number 1).

I started roughing out the shape, but quickly realized that I needed a bowl horse for to hold it while I used an adze (Big Lesson Number 2).

I put this very green piece of wood it in a black plastic bag while I built the bowl horse, which took longer than I expected. When I took it out, it was covered with mold. I had to cut a lot off the piece, which further dictated the final shape (Big Lesson Number 3.)

Things went pretty straight forward form there, with the exception of the knots. I encountered several knots that had small gaps it the wood, surprisingly on what had been the inner side of the log. I found I could remove more wood and eventually “get past” the gaps. However, I eventually got to the point that I had to quit for fear of breaking through. I think the knot problem resulted from my decision to leave the sap wood (Big Lesson Number 4), but it seemed like a good idea the time because I didn’t have much thickness to begin with.

In the end, the worst offending knot with a gap sits right in the middle of the bottom. I could not find any way food safe way to fill it, so I just left it. I can’t say I am all that thrilled with the final project, but I learned much by the doing. I hope to have better success on my next try. My wife says see will use this one as a bread serving whatever.

-- Ride the bevel!

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#1 posted 08-17-2013 03:38 PM

you could turn it into a cornucopia of sorts. I think it’s cooler than a bowl. Too many bowls flying around these parts.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

View Gary's profile


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#2 posted 08-17-2013 04:20 PM

I like it. I agree, it won’t hold much soup but, I like it

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 08-17-2013 09:02 PM

Looks like a mighty fine Auto Dorrito loader to me!

It certainly looks like really good work.

I haven’t used an adze sine my line training school days when I was 17-18 YO

I will have to give it a go myself and see what sort of results I can come up with as well, standby!!

I was interested in knowing why did you put it in a black plastic bag?

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 08-17-2013 10:38 PM

The plastic bag was meant to keep the green wood from drying out prematurely and cracking. Problem was, it was perhaps a bit too good at holding in the moisture, and it certainly didn’t let in any light. Prime conditions for mold. I’ve been getting much better results double bagging using paper bags.

-- Ride the bevel!

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#5 posted 08-18-2013 01:51 AM

Looks nice. Maybe not suited for Cap’n Crunch but a letter or magazine holder?

-- I am what they call a "rookie".

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