Tree Trunk Bowl

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Project by Bearpie posted 190 days ago 868 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this bowl following the shape of the tree. I tried to keep as much of the shape as possible, only removing the bark and bad areas of the wood. I mounted it with the wood hanging over the end of my lathe as it was too big to turn over the bed. I ran it slow and used my grinder to shape the bottom of the bowl to keep the shape consistent. Oh Boy, chips went every where in the shop but I got it reasonably shaped as seen in picture #4. Then I tried using my carving gouge and mallet, sigh! Rosewood is a rather hard wood so the task was difficult. My wife entered the shop and suggested drilling it out. (She is a savvy lady and it was an excellent suggestion) I went to the drill press and used a forstner bit to remove the bulk of the wood. Once most of the “waste” was removed, I went back to the grinder and used a chainsaw disc to remove more waste, I had to constantly check the thickness to be sure I don’t go through the bottom. Sanding was next, all I’ll say is that it took me 3 months of sanding, no, not constantly and not all day! More like 2-3 hours at a time or till I got tired of it.

I added crushed Turquoise to hide the cracks in the middle of the bowl, both inside and on the bottom. There is a notch on one of the “legs” so you could hang it on the wall if you wanted to.

The 5th picture gives you an idea of the size of the bowl, 24” across the widest point. The last picture is when I went to pick up the load of Rosewood from southern Florida.

The finish is a 50/50 mixture of Tung Oil and Danish Oil.

Comments and critiques are welcomed and appreciated.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 190 days ago

Absolutely stunning bowl Erwin. The time you took to complete this exceptional piece was well spent. Wonderful work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 190 days ago

That is absolutely amazing.
You done a stunning job on it. I don’t think I would have known where to start with that.


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Charles Maxwell

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#3 posted 190 days ago

It’s stunning! What is the wood species?

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#4 posted 190 days ago

Erwin what a fabulous piece of crafting, wow, a truly beautiful “bowl”, the appearance & finish are stunning.
Bet your pleased you listened to your better half :: ))
has to be top 3 today

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 190 days ago

What a masterful job. Love it.

-- Dan Wilson - Red Wing, MN

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Jim Sellers

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#6 posted 190 days ago

Beeautiful piece Erwin. I know all about roughing out with a disc grinder and trying to sand end grain smooth. I admire your determination. Hope it’s well dried and seasoned. Those end slab slices are notorious for cracking and splitting. I would keep a close eye on it and at the first sign of a crack would inlay a bowtie across it on the bottom.

-- J.C.Sellers

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Sam Shakouri

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#7 posted 190 days ago

I guess you had a long good time doing this beautiful trunk bowl. Congratulations.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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bill merritt

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#8 posted 190 days ago

Beautiful bowl and great work. How big is it?

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#9 posted 190 days ago

Wow…that bowl would look great on our outdoor table during one of our many party’s…either full or empty of goodies. Wonderful job

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#10 posted 190 days ago

that is amazingly beautiful, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#11 posted 189 days ago

WOW!!! Beeautiful bowl. Briliant job.

-- Dave -

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 189 days ago

Wow! What a beauty you created! Absolutely gorgeous! <3!!!


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#13 posted 189 days ago

Beautiful piece, well done

-- Dreaming patterns

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#14 posted 189 days ago

beautiful wood
perfectly sculpted

-- Steve--

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#15 posted 189 days ago

Uh…wow! That is absolutely gorgeous! I can’t keep my mouth closed while looking at it.

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