Sweetgum Natural Edge Bowl #1

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Project by palaswood posted 237 days ago 708 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bowl I turned from green sweetgum or liquidambar, which I got from a tree removal crew who posted on CL. They were still working when I showed up. I was on a bicycle so I stashed two big crotchwood pieces in a nearby bush until I could get my buddy who has a truck to come get it. I cut the smaller one in half with a handsaw, took a piece that I thought would produce a nice feather pattern and then cut down the middle of that and it had some nice coloration. I still have the other half. This bowl came from the left piece.

Midway through as I got deeper into the bowl I finally bit the bullet and upgraded my lathe tools. I went with the Benjamins Best which is basically the cheapest high speed steel set you can buy. I let the bowl sit in a paper bag until they arrived a week later.

A few cracks developed in the sides since turning it but that’s to be expected. I don’t mind them. Finish is just tung oil. I’m overall quite pleased with how it came out. This is my first natural edge bowl and my 3rd bowl since I started turning this past spring.

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA,

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#1 posted 237 days ago

Very nice, good job.

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#2 posted 237 days ago

Way Cool,I like the way it tuned out too !!!

-- Dennis Stallings; I am what I am,And that's all what I am...

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#3 posted 237 days ago

I really like the natural edge on that bowl. What is liquidambar and where does it grow?

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#4 posted 237 days ago

Very natural. Nice work.

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

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#5 posted 237 days ago

Nice find ,turned into a beauty .
Good eye picking the blank .

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#6 posted 237 days ago

Sure looks nice, good job!

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#7 posted 237 days ago

Very nice bowl Joseph you did a nice job in turning it…well done

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#9 posted 236 days ago

Looks great.

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#10 posted 234 days ago

Nicely done.

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#11 posted 234 days ago

Very awesome bowl.

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#12 posted 233 days ago

Thanks everybody for your comments!

I plan on blanking up the remaining, larger crotch wood log this week, and I’ll post more bowls as I go. Since its Christmas time, I’m focusing on ornaments and things lately.

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA,

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