Catalpa Bowl

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Project by BarbS posted 09-29-2013 03:29 PM 2437 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back to turning, and finally getting to use a piece of our yard Catalpa that came down almost two years ago. This deep block seemed dry enough to trust it. Not my favorite wood to turn, but worth it through troubles with tear out and interior sanding woes. The bowl is 7” in diameter, 4” high, and oiled with Watco Natural, then Beal buffed and waxed with Carnuba. The shape speaks to me of popcorn!


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#1 posted 09-29-2013 05:17 PM

Nice grain in that wood and a nice turning as well, Barb : ) Are you sure of the dimensions posted ? The photos make it look almost equal in width and height : ) I second the popcorn : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 09-29-2013 05:41 PM

Barb, this is a beautiful bowl. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 09-29-2013 05:57 PM

Well done Barb! I especially like the shape that you achieved. Great finish also – that Beal Buffing system really completes a project. Turning sure is fun, isn’t it :-)

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 09-29-2013 06:26 PM

Yes, yes, and yes! Thank you. Dusty, I thought that, too, and re-checked my ruler markings when it said 4” high, but yep, that is correct.


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#5 posted 09-29-2013 07:45 PM

I need something MUCH BIGGER to handle my popcorn fix Barb … but that’s a beautiful looking bowl!! I’ll have to Google Catalpa wood because I’ve not heard of it. Happy turning!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#6 posted 09-29-2013 08:58 PM

Just love the timber & shape with this one Barb :)
Real nice job

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

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#7 posted 09-29-2013 10:35 PM

Pretty bowl and lovely wood; I even like the size. I’m especially pleased to see it because I lived in a house with an ugly catalpa for more than 20 years. It was bare until June and the beans were annoying when mowing the lawn. The flowers were amazing for a couple of days, its only saving grace. Now I know that the wood is very nice. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#8 posted 09-29-2013 11:31 PM

Beautiful bowl Barb and the grain really pretty. A very pleasing shape and excellent turning….well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 09-30-2013 01:25 AM

beautiful bowl/turning. It has a great shape and very pleasing grain pattern. The striping looks quite nice.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 09-30-2013 01:27 AM

I’m seeing it on a different monitor tonight, and the proportions look closer to what you indicated. I guess I’ll have to withdraw my previous question, Barb : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 09-30-2013 01:40 PM

Beautiful turning, as always, Barb. You’re speaking my wifey’s language now….......”popcorn”... lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 09-30-2013 01:45 PM

very nice!

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#13 posted 09-30-2013 10:29 PM

Thanks, everybody. I often think the toughest, worst woods to work with become the most popular when finished!


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#14 posted 10-04-2013 02:52 PM

Very Nice bowl. You inspire me Barb. Thanks for posting it.I remember your story about that tree. Very interesting grain pattern.

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#15 posted 10-04-2013 03:07 PM

Thanks, Ed. And, we’re still cutting up the last of that tree for firewood, hoping to finish it before the snow flies this year. You have nice work, too, and I ‘Buddied’ you back so I hopefully don’t miss any of it in postings!


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