Small Gum Kauri bowls

  • Advertise with us
Project by peteg posted 09-22-2013 12:21 AM 1295 views 2 times favorited 17 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

17 comments so far

View Sam Shakouri's profile

Sam Shakouri

1084 posts in 2127 days

#1 posted 09-22-2013 12:29 AM

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

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

View Bob Collins's profile

Bob Collins

1811 posts in 2723 days

#2 posted 09-22-2013 12:50 AM

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

View Dale J Struhar Sr's profile

Dale J Struhar Sr

399 posts in 2169 days

#3 posted 09-22-2013 12:57 AM

Great job, nice job.

-- Dale, Ohio

View MShort's profile


1757 posts in 2457 days

#4 posted 09-22-2013 12:57 AM

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.” ---

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

14014 posts in 2145 days

#5 posted 09-22-2013 02:05 AM

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!!

View wooded's profile


344 posts in 1311 days

#6 posted 09-22-2013 02:52 AM

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

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

View kiefer's profile


4120 posts in 1706 days

#7 posted 09-22-2013 03:01 AM

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

View peteg's profile


3407 posts in 1862 days

#8 posted 09-22-2013 03:24 AM

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

View WayneC's profile


12635 posts in 3136 days

#9 posted 09-22-2013 05:09 AM

Wow. Beautiful use of the wood.

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

View michelletwo's profile


2443 posts in 2055 days

#10 posted 09-22-2013 09:18 AM

sweet little vessels..the wood is grand.

View SPalm's profile


5174 posts in 2921 days

#11 posted 09-22-2013 12:42 PM

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

Very nice,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

View Roger's profile


17667 posts in 1843 days

#12 posted 09-22-2013 12:45 PM

Those are very spectacular

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

View hairy's profile


2204 posts in 2571 days

#13 posted 09-22-2013 01:54 PM

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

-- on Wednesday's I go shopping, and have buttered scones for tea...

View TurnTurnTurn's profile


604 posts in 2148 days

#14 posted 09-22-2013 02:57 PM

Beautiful work!!!!

-- TurnTurnTurn

View Fishinbo's profile


11362 posts in 1215 days

#15 posted 09-25-2013 03:24 PM

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

showing 1 through 15 of 17 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics