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Roebling Bowl 2014 #2 - 100 Year Old Reclaied Douglas Fir

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 02-08-2014 09:01 PM 545 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The second bowl in the Roebling series … these are reclaimed Douglas Fir beams collected on various scrapping and salvage expeditions around Trenton, NJ. These beams are over 100 years old, heartwood four inches thick and at least fourteen inches wide. They stink when you turn them, the old oils, solvents, and turpentine scent is quite prominent!

This is a full width beam turning, leaving the outside edges with two flats gives us the full over 14” diameter from a 4” thick blank. They stink when you turn them, the old oils, solvents, and turpentine scent is quite prominent! We decided to give it a little extra color by burning the edges and bottom to create some highlighting and texture the grain. That caused some fires to spark up, as the oils, and whatever (who knows what?!) is soaked into these beams during their life under the wireworks factories.

Added 8/5/2014 …

Making off documentary … here’s the blog entry

http://lumberjocks.com/EricMSaperstein/blog/41483 (Read disclaimers here …)

Long Video:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152146036613148&set=vb.187687888147&type=3&theater

Remix Short Video:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152236984668148

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com





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steve_in_ohio

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#1 posted 02-08-2014 11:15 PM

love the look of the grain in the bowl, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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tomakazi

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#2 posted 02-08-2014 11:18 PM

very inspiring! makes me want to dig out the torch and some of my scraps (not 100 years old but it seems like I’ve had them that long).

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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oldnovice

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#3 posted 02-09-2014 04:58 AM

Outstanding bowl, love that grain and the patterns it forms dipping in and out of the dished section!
Beautiful work! Better yet as it was reclaimed lumber.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#4 posted 08-06-2014 01:53 AM

Adding the video documentary of making one of these …

http://lumberjocks.com/EricMSaperstein/blog/41483 ... blog post

Long Video:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152146036613148&set=vb.187687888147&type=3&theater

Remix Short Video:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152236984668148

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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