Osage Bowl

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Project by ghost5 posted 08-28-2013 09:22 PM 1055 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a commission to turn a bowl from customer supplied Osage. After repeatedly leaving the chuck followed by high velocity flights across the shop, about half a bottle of CA glue, a broken tool rest, constant tool sharpening and more sanding than I care to remember I finally got it done. Sanded to 800 grit, clear stain and Deft lacquer.

Turned as an illusion of 2 bowls stacked together.

-- Tommy,

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#1 posted 08-29-2013 12:32 AM

Very cool turning project Tommy. The lacquer really made the grain pop….nice

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 08-29-2013 12:55 AM

Great looking bowl. Even better demonstration with sticking to the task.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 08-29-2013 01:50 AM

Nice looking bowl Tommy. Even with sharp tools I seem to get a yellow mustard dust instead of shavings. Well worththe effort.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 08-29-2013 02:01 AM

Looks great. I have never seen that wood before

-- Dreaming patterns

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#5 posted 08-29-2013 01:23 PM

Thanks everyone.

Deon that is also known as hedge apple or Bois d’arc or around here bowdock. It is hard as a rock and considered a weed tree that is related to the mulberry.

-- Tommy,

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#6 posted 08-29-2013 08:20 PM

Nice bowl.
I work with alot of Bodark/Osage and I love it. Having the right tools makes a big difference. I have found out that some turning tools are better suited for harder woods and the same can be said for the softer woods as well. But you do have to take more time with it becase it is (as you know) very hard. I have knocked out some lights myself when I got in too big of a hurry.

I wish there was a way to keep that yellow but it will turn to a nice auburn color. There are some finishes that will slow it down, and keeping it out of the sun will help too. But so far I have found nothing that will stop it. Maybe someone else has a solution for that.

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