Spalted Maple Pedestal Bowl

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Project by Xyloid_Curt posted 12-30-2013 06:48 PM 1221 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This maple bowl was turned back in 2001 on a small craftsman 9 inch swing lathe (1954 model). It clearly shows that you don’t have to have a fancy machine, or even a lot of experience, to turn nice bowls. The wood came from the side of the road as the power company was clearing the trees along their power lines. The bowl is just under 9 inches wide by 7 1/2 inches high. I can’t remember what finish I put on it but it is probably a polyurethane. I also have applied wax to it. I have kept this bowl as a reminder that all the lathe does is spin the wood. Additional features on a lathe may make things easier or quicker, but the finished product comes from the lathe tools in the hands of a turner.

-- Xyloid Curt "Exposing the hidden beauty in wood"

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#1 posted 12-30-2013 11:54 PM

You are so correct. Without the skill of the turner and tools a lathe can achieve nothing.
Wonderful piece of wood and bowl.
Thanks for showing.
Happy New Year.

-- 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. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 12-31-2013 12:12 AM

Sweet bowl!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 12-31-2013 12:57 AM

Very nice lines on that bowl. Very middle ages. I was just outside looking at some of the pieces I’ve made on my 10” Shop Fox, and you are absolutely correct…its not just the lathe. Takes an eye to come of with a piece like this. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#4 posted 12-31-2013 07:31 AM


-- Dreaming patterns

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#5 posted 01-03-2014 04:00 PM

Fantastic bowl! Like the shape and the wood is stunning. Excellent turning!

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#6 posted 01-28-2014 10:24 PM

Well done on a lathe, a wonderful design of Mother Nature …

-- Lathe and my imagination will do everything to realize my dreams...Vanzemaljac

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