Small Gum Kauri bowls

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Project by peteg posted 305 days ago 875 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a couple of simple little dishes with lids.
They are turned from a piece of real gummy Ancient Kauri, it’s a bit like turning resin, when it comes to sanding you get about one pass then your paper is clogged with gum.
You can friction polish the finished piece with just a bit of old towelling which heats the gum just great & produces a real nice smooth finish.
These little guys are only about 3” in dia’
This stuff is very hard to find.

Any comments welcome


-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Sam Shakouri

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#1 posted 305 days ago

Beautiful blank and beautiful lidded bowls as classical wood turning from master turner.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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Bob Collins

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#2 posted 305 days ago

They sure are nice Pete, that blank looks real interesting and the resin gives a great finish.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#3 posted 305 days ago

Great job, nice job.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#4 posted 305 days ago

That is some really beautiful wood. I like both boxes but the one that is rounded more at the bottom keeps catching my eye. Excellent work as always. Thanks for sharing the pics.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 305 days ago

Very sweet lidded dishes, Pete. For a finish, did you just use friction of a cloth or was something else applied?
I was given a 1 1/2” square piece of Kauri that I make an awl out of. I still have about a foot of it somewhere. Great looking wood!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 305 days ago

2 thumbs up from here Pete!.........;-j

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#7 posted 305 days ago

That large one in the last pic is my favorite, just love the grain and colour .
Now if I had a chuck of this Kauri I would slice it into veneer and stretch it as far as I can , just beautiful grain and colour .
Thanks for the teasing post .

-- Kiefer 松

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#8 posted 305 days ago

Thanks for your kind comments,
Jim this is not like your ordinary Kauri, very unusual to get it with the resin / gum running thru like this, yep simply friction polished using the impregnated gum, (you can use a little BLO to lube the rag if you want)
The gum was used for many things including making Varnish.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 305 days ago

Wow. Beautiful use of the wood.

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

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#10 posted 305 days ago

sweet little vessels..the wood is grand.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#11 posted 305 days ago

Hey Pete,
Once again you don’t fail to impress.

Very nice,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 305 days ago

Those are very spectacular

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 305 days ago

I like when a nice design lets the wood do the talking. Nice work,Pete!

-- what a long, strange trip it's been...

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#14 posted 305 days ago

Beautiful work!!!!

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#15 posted 302 days ago

Exquisite little bowls! The wood is very rich and the finish is flawless. Great work!

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