Cootamundra Wattle and Resin Bowl

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Project by BobWemm posted 249 days ago 1051 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got this bowl finished today. It has been a work in progress for nearly 2 years, so it is good to have it done. The blank was very fragile and was full of holes, so much repair work was required. I didn’t have a pressure pot either so it was lots of resin, wood hardener and CA glue.
All the initial shaping work was done with steel radiator hose clamps wrapped around to outside to keep it together. Every time I repaired it and then cleaned it up, there were more holes and flaws. This went on and on.
Now there are a few minor flaws and the piece cannot be sold, but that is OK because SWMBO really likes it.
The finished piece is approx. 8in X 3in and is finished with 3 coats of Wipe on Poly.

Thanks for looking and C & C are welcome.
Hope you like it.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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Ronald G Campbell

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#1 posted 249 days ago

Bob 2 years, it was worth it. The resin color is great. I don’t think I could stay with a project that long. When I loose interest they are gone. Move on to the next. Maybe I need to rethink this Very nice bowl

-- Ron Campbell

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#2 posted 249 days ago

WOW. That is a great job you did on it Bob. I would agree with Ron on the two years in the making but it was well worth it. Well done.

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

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#3 posted 249 days ago

Really pretty. Reminds me of a Van Gogh painting or the storms on Jupiter. Worth the work you put into it.

-- tel

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Bob Collins

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#4 posted 249 days ago

A great result Bob, your perseverance has paid off beautifully. Like the finish you have achieved with the grain.
Well done.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#5 posted 249 days ago

Oh my! What a beauty. Your efforts, Bob, have paid off handsomly.


-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#6 posted 249 days ago

Thatʻs some wild looking wood. You did an amazing job.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#7 posted 249 days ago

Ow that is a nice bowl. I would say that the two years was worth it.

-- Nick, AZ. Wood is a canvas for God's art work, it is our job as woodworkers to figur out the best way to display it.

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Todd Barrone

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#8 posted 249 days ago

What a beautiful bowl! Great job!

-- "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway" John Wayne

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#9 posted 248 days ago

Cootamundra Wattle you say, so how big was the tree?

I would not even think of using it as a project timber, it certainly looks good, just goes to show what can be achieved.

A excellent result achieved with skills perseverance and “thinking outside the bowl”

-- Regards Robert

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#10 posted 248 days ago

Stunning piece! Excellent Work Bob! I would say it was worth the wait! It’s beautiful, love the grain! The picture’s you posted gives it a 3-D look. I just pops right out at you! All your hard work and smart thinking paid off!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#11 posted 248 days ago

Wow, the reward for your effort over two years, is absolutely amazing. With this work you have paid tribute to this amazing piece of timber, well done!

Will have to look for Cootamundra Wattle for a bandsawn box or two

Best wishes for Christmas 2013,

-- Bandsawn Box Plans available at ~

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#12 posted 248 days ago

Thanks for the nice comments Guys, that bowl did a lot of sitting around.

Robert, I don’t know how big the tree was, the blank came from South Aust. and was the biggest one available.

Merry Christmas to you all.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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#13 posted 248 days ago

Wow that is an amazing bowl,great job
Perseverance pays off !!

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#14 posted 248 days ago

Wow, really nice bowl. You have a lot more patience than most people!

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#15 posted 248 days ago

A wonderful piece of wood and a nice turning. It’s good that you took your time to repair as you went. It is spectacular with both color and grain.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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