Spalted Black Walnut Bowl

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Project by ghost5 posted 12-23-2013 02:48 PM 1165 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a piece I got from a rescued log. I got it from a tree cutter before it went to a burn pile then left the logs in the shade for several months before putting them in my solar kiln. After a few months of drying I took this blank out to see what I had. It has some nice spalting in the sapwood and I had to deal with some small cracks in the heartwood but I think it turned out nice. It is a little thicker than I would have liked but I decided with the minor cracks to not push my luck.

I did get some tear out and a few tool marks are still visible but not a bad bowl. The shape is based on a piece of pottery I saw which is one thing I enjoy doing since i am fascinated with the shapes potters use. I left the bottom flat because (1) I like them that way and (B) I wanted the grain and color to show. Measures around 7” x 3” and is finished with clear stain and lacquer.

Time to go dig around and find another piece like this one.

-- Tommy,

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#1 posted 12-23-2013 03:24 PM

Nice design and a beautiful piece of walnut. Nice turning,

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

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#2 posted 12-23-2013 03:58 PM

nice looking bowl with beautiful figure.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 12-24-2013 08:18 AM

nice shape and timber. well done!

-- Dave -

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#4 posted 12-24-2013 12:38 PM

What a save from the burn-pile. Great looking bowl.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#5 posted 12-27-2013 12:25 AM

Came out beautiful!

Thanks for sharing.


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#6 posted 12-27-2013 02:54 PM

Thanks everyone for all the nice comments. I have more of this in the kiln and I know it has some good color maybe even better than this one. Since I turn on a mini lathe this was the biggest bowl I had done but just finished another one that is larger I will post soon.

-- Tommy,

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#7 posted 12-27-2013 03:26 PM

Gorgeous bowl, like the shape and finish. The walnut looks amazing. Great job!

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