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03-11-2013 12:52 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bowl sapele

I turned this Sapele bowl earlier. I like the wood for turning but it’s very lack-luster as wood goes. I didn’t like it because it looked like a brown dog food dish. So I decided to give it a pedistal, but I’m uncertain how it looks with the walnut base.

Initially before I made it, I was convinced that either cherry or walnut would work, so after thinking about it way too much and my wife’s reaction, (you know when your wife is just saying she likes something, but really just to make you happy). So I thought I’d throw it out to you trustworthy jocks.

Which one?

Original bowl without base.

With walnut base.

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#1 posted 03-11-2013 12:55 AM

I think it needs something else too. My first reaction was exactly what you said, it kind of resembles a dog bowl. I’m not sure that base fits with it well either. Because of the contrasting woods and styles, it looks like an afterthought.

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#2 posted 03-11-2013 01:06 AM

I think with the shape of the bowl, which I kind of like, that a shorter base of walnut that was wider than the bowl would look good. Almost like a plate beneath it but maybe wrapping up the side just a bit. The original bowl looks very solid and grounded with the pyramid like sides. But the current base doesn’t carry that theme through. Maybe a short base with the same outward taper that the Sapele could nest in? Don’t give up on it, I think it’s a good form it’s just not finished yet.

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#3 posted 03-11-2013 01:12 AM

I have to agree nether the bowl nor the base work. I think you can fix it though one thing would be to sand the bottom and glue another peace of Sapele to the bottom with this you could turn a new shape perhaps round it over and make it look like a calabash bowl? if your worried about how the joint will look put something in between and make it look cool. I think this peace is still very salvageable. good luck

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#4 posted 03-11-2013 01:18 AM

That has got to be the nicest dog bowl around!

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#5 posted 03-11-2013 01:26 AM

So far it’s against. I knew my wife was trying to make me feel good. I took the base off. I’ll order a sapele spindal blank and work out a matching base or if they have it a platter under it like reddog said. I’d like to find a 10” square sapele blank and turn the square with a round fitting for the bowl to fit into and just turn the bottom of the platter up slightly. I love those square bowls these guys have been doing. Can’t find square blanks online though.

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#6 posted 03-11-2013 01:36 AM

I emailed Got Wood and asked them if they could cut me a 10”x10”x2or3” square blank for a square platter to put it on. I don’t know if I should make it permanent or not, any opinions. Glue on the platter or not?

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#7 posted 03-11-2013 03:16 AM

Agreed, No base looks like a dog bowl and I kinda like the second but only cause it looks like a squished lamp. To tell you the truth, I was looking for a small desk lamp and that would be classy. Problem solved, carve it as thin as possible and make it a lamp.

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#8 posted 03-11-2013 03:27 AM

just put a bead around the base of the existing bowl to break up the long straight side. make it a generous bead though.

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#9 posted 03-11-2013 05:11 AM

Sapele dog bowl works for me. Put it on Etsy that way.

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#10 posted 03-11-2013 05:23 AM

Turn a lid for it…

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#11 posted 03-15-2013 11:59 AM

Well, IMO the bowl shape is off. I am in the camp that likes bowls to have an open diameter not a closed diameter. A strainght or inward rimmed bowl will allways look like a dog bowl I think. And I am in the other camp that thinks pedestals are used on open bowls as well and that the pedestals should be very skinny and long with some detail in them. Short fat pedestals just are for me. Good effort though.


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#12 posted 03-17-2013 02:57 AM

The base does look too contrived a solution…should you go that route, however, I’d recommend either a very dark walnut or perhaps an ash.

That said…I don’t care for the pedestal solution. I’d recommend you re-mount the bowl to your lathe and try re-shaping it.

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