Spalted Maple Pedestal Bowl

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Project by Xyloid_Curt posted 242 days ago 648 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

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#1 posted 242 days ago

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.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 242 days ago

Sweet bowl!!

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

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#3 posted 241 days ago

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 241 days ago


-- Dreaming patterns

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#5 posted 238 days ago

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

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#6 posted 213 days ago

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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