Spalted Silver Leaf Maple: Bark Included

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Project by Adrian A posted 09-14-2013 08:25 PM 1272 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend Rick aka Staryder had a neighbor that chopped down a Silver Leaf Maple Tree. After both of us sweating in texas humidity loading some logs in the back of my truck, I sawed them all and waxed em.

This one was starting to get real soft on the outside so I decided I better turn it. Since It was looking funky, I decided natural edge was the way to go. As I started turning I noticed this one real soft spot that I couldn’t turn away, so I puled all the wet fibers out which left a nice hole. I kept going slowly and this is what turned out.

Its my first natural edge bowl, and my 4th bowl overall. I had some trouble sanding the edges, but it turned out okay.

I didnt feel like rewaxing it, so I’m a little scared of cracking, but hey.. it already has a hole. I drenched it in mineral oil, and will probably do that daily for a week, to help slow down the drying some.

Thanks :)

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#1 posted 09-14-2013 09:33 PM

Fine piece of work. I think it “turned” out great.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 09-15-2013 03:39 AM

Great Job Adrian, beautiful piece….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#3 posted 09-15-2013 11:57 AM

Looks good! Natural edge bowls, especially leaving the bark on, is always a challenge. Keep on at it!

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#4 posted 09-18-2013 06:25 PM

Gorgeous bowl! Like the graceful shape and the natural edge. The hole and the bark inclusion just added some character ti it. Great work!

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#5 posted 10-14-2013 03:01 PM

What an amazing piece of art, nice job. I really want to try that someday.

This pic made my day.

-- If I'm not in the shop, I'm someplace else. Joel, Lumberjock #30,000

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