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Project by palaswood posted 253 days ago 619 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A tree was chopped down near my home a while back, and the put the logs out for people to take. I managed to carry this one home and I decided to slice it in half and see whats inside.

I’m not sure what wood it is, it’s not very dense and bruises quite easily, but it sure is pretty. The spalting really caught my eye in certain places.

I used a 9 ppi stanley handsaw, its not a ripsaw but it did the job ok. I hand planed it and sanded with the orbital sander to 220, then lightly hand sanded to 400. Finished with Danish oil. The off cut piece has an enourmous crack, so i plan on practicing doing my first butterfly key, and maybe turn that into a wall mounted shelf.

The bowl I turned a month or so ago from another log of the same tree. It has some cracks and bug holes, but I’m pleased with how it turned out. One of my first bowls so I dont have too high expectations at this point. The finish is tung oil.

Here is a link to my instagram where there is a quick video of the me opening this log for the first time after the cut. Currently its the 3rd post over, if anybody cares to take a look.

I’m curious if you LJs have any guesses what this species might be.

Thanks for looking!

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#





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aussiedave

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#1 posted 253 days ago

Very nice bowl and a beautiful piece of wood…

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

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Rick

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#2 posted 253 days ago

Very Nice Piece of Work! Thanks For Posting!

Rick

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Chris Peroni

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#3 posted 252 days ago

Great pieces and a wonderful log of wood to work from. I am putting the finish on a bowl right now which also had bug holes throughout & I really like the effect

-- Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. -Plato

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palaswood

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#4 posted 252 days ago

you know its a natural material that I got for free, but the look is something you can’t even really buy. I love that it doesn’t look like every other bowl out there. Post your bowl when you’re done. btw, I’m thinking of turning this into something else now… lol

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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Chris Peroni

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#5 posted 252 days ago

I like to try to use reclaimed wood when possible; the character in old wood is something special. The bowl I mentioned came from a log which has been in my backyard since before I moved in to my house 3 years ago. When I cut off the end I discovered the log had become home to a black ant colony—they were less than pleased with my remodelling!

Do you mean turning the corner shelf into something else?

-- Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. -Plato

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palaswood

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#6 posted 252 days ago

Yeah I was thinking about pairing it with the other half and making a bench seat out of it. We’ll see…

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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Chris Peroni

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#7 posted 250 days ago

sounds like a good idea – a book matched bench would be eye catching and give a little more well deserved attention to the wood.

I’m posting up the bowl I mentioned before – should be up in few mins

-- Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. -Plato

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