Spalted Oak Bowl

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Project by Parsimonia posted 09-17-2013 12:08 AM 745 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I dug a piece of oak out of a rotting pile of firewood, hoping I’d get something solid out of it. It was really rotted – spalted and full of termite holes, so I hacked off most of the rot, and brushed it off well away from the house. The holes were interesting after all, so I roughed it out and put it in a paper bag with the chips for several months. I didn’t think it would hold together, but it dried well. The spalted area seemed to harden up.

After I turned it down to shape, I sanded it down and then dug out dirt and eaten up wood out of the holes with a needle pick.

The bowl won’t hold soup, but it looks interesting. I finished it with several coats of clear satin poly. I gave it to a friend for getting me a pile of wood suitable for turning.

-- More Ideas than Time.

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#1 posted 09-17-2013 12:21 AM

The good ole wood pile. It goes to show that you just never know what treasures are hiding there.

That is absolutely beautiful, and who cares if it doesn’t hold soup.

Thanks for showing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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#2 posted 09-17-2013 12:48 AM


-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#3 posted 09-17-2013 03:50 AM

Turned out great.

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

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#4 posted 09-17-2013 09:10 AM

Nice work, it may not hold soup but fruit will look great in it.

-- Vince

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#5 posted 09-17-2013 06:52 PM

Great job

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#6 posted 09-17-2013 06:58 PM

Beautiful wood and a beautiful bowl.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 09-20-2013 02:43 PM

Like it, interesting bowl. Like the pretty shape and the grain patterns. The holes just add some character to it. Great turning!

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