Curly maple bowl/tray

  • Advertise with us
Project by BalloonGuy posted 10-09-2013 04:23 AM 670 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First try at doing a larger, flatwork piece. This one is 10” diameter, about 1-3/4” thick, side wall turned to a bit under 3/16”. Salad bowl finish, so it’ll be food safe.

I’m becoming a bona fide maple addict. There’s a 9” x 7/8 platter ready to go on the lathe next, also in curly maple.

-- Tom Peterson, Omaha, NE

15 comments so far

View doubleDD's profile (online now)


2478 posts in 700 days

#1 posted 10-09-2013 04:27 AM

Nicely turned and a beautiful piece of Maple. Looks perfect for a first try.

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

View hoss12992's profile


2758 posts in 550 days

#2 posted 10-09-2013 05:36 AM

Tom, this is absolutely beautiful. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

View Joseph Jossem's profile

Joseph Jossem

384 posts in 925 days

#3 posted 10-09-2013 05:41 AM

yeah real nice the curl is beautiful

View Handtooler's profile


1085 posts in 789 days

#4 posted 10-09-2013 10:33 AM

WOW! You’re a real lathe artist.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

View aussiedave's profile


3014 posts in 481 days

#5 posted 10-09-2013 11:57 AM

Beautiful wood and nicely turned Tom…great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

View cbehnke's profile


83 posts in 1273 days

#6 posted 10-09-2013 12:23 PM

i agree with you, maple is such a fantastic wood to use, the figure is so varied….flame, quilted, birdseye.

View Ronald G Campbell 's profile

Ronald G Campbell

572 posts in 661 days

#7 posted 10-09-2013 12:34 PM

Very well done. Love the figure in the wood. Someday you might want to dye that figured wood.

-- Ron Campbell

View mmh's profile


3422 posts in 2379 days

#8 posted 10-09-2013 02:27 PM

Very nicely executed. It has a very elegant and sophisticated line and finish. You have allowed the wood to speak and not over design the piece. Very, very nicely done.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

View helluvawreck's profile


15814 posts in 1524 days

#9 posted 10-09-2013 04:41 PM

Beautiful wood and beautiful piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

View BarbS's profile


2434 posts in 2742 days

#10 posted 10-09-2013 06:24 PM

Nice work! and, you have some Nice wood to work with. Beautiful.


View HillbillyShooter's profile


4606 posts in 949 days

#11 posted 10-09-2013 08:17 PM

Beautiful piece—both the wood and the craftsmanship. Also, great photography in being able to capture the curly maple.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

View lew's profile


10034 posts in 2412 days

#12 posted 10-09-2013 09:38 PM

That’s gorgeous!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

View BalloonGuy's profile


93 posts in 580 days

#13 posted 10-10-2013 02:27 AM

Thank you all. Having a beautiful piece of wood is 90%. My 10% was not screwing it up. Really worked at getting that bottom flat without ripples or dips.

Ron, I may have to give that a try. I’ve done some other aniline dye pieces (none on the lathe). You’ve had some great pieces and have been very generous in describing your process.

Mmh, thanks for the comments on the simple design.

-- Tom Peterson, Omaha, NE

View Xyloid_Curt's profile


108 posts in 744 days

#14 posted 10-15-2013 01:21 AM

Nicely done, you made that maple show its stuff.

-- Xyloid Curt

View thevees's profile


67 posts in 654 days

#15 posted 10-19-2013 03:17 PM

Great job.

-- Tony, Oakdale, NY,

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

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase