Jacaranda Wing-ed Bowl - OR - Remember Me?

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 01-21-2016 09:33 AM 1524 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Thing spent about two-and-a-half months in a box, reflecting on its behavior. I got it out this week, as a way of taking a break from the handful of Things that have been giving me nightmares for the past couple weeks. So, Tuesday, out it came. I had posted a five-part Blog on it last November. The Final Installment:

I made the wing-ed top thinner, did some more shaping on the upper part of the outside (ball-like) part. I had gone inside with my nicely sharp tools, including my home made hollowing tools, and was really coming along. The lower part of the outside, being filled with crushed quartz, was something I decided not to mess with any further, aside from sanding and refinishing (I had completely finished the outside, back in Nov.). But the upper part, above the crease, I did much more refining of. In the process, it got too thin, and spun off. The ball-like bowl of the Thing remained in the chuck. So I continued.
It turned out to be a very nice-looking little bowl, on its own. My first consideration was, of course, to try to reattach it all. But it was far too thin thin. So I finished up the cute little (3-1/2” X 2”) bowl. Then, as I was walking down to Bonnie’s house, carrying the two pieces, they kinda fell together in my hand, and I thought, Well, that looks nice. This “falling together” created the look I had been after, prior to the separation. It was to appear as a ball-shaped bowl with a wing-ed platter, of sorts, set down over it. Except for the lack of a defining line where the “lip-of-the-bowl” emerges through the wing, the “falling together” pretty much nailed it. (I may yet do some more handwork on the wing-ed part – it can’t be chucked back up.)
The really good part of the experience, and the part that I really got a kick out of, was that I was able, because of the separation, to refine the inside of the bowl, and thin it up. (I’ve developed, lately, a strong fetish for “eggshell thin.”) Well, sir, I saw light coming through that Quartz filler, and had to know just how thin I could get away with. It looks like a little stained-glass window. I love it. And the best part? It remained intact! Also, the wood filler (unknown wood – Mahogany?), also stayed put.
Fortunately, before the “un-commanded departure from controlled flight”, I had finished the wing-ed bit to my satisfaction. (Isn’t that always the way? You get a Thing almost there, and you decide that “just a little more work on this part” is called for. Sometimes, it comes out alright. Don’t you think?

-- Mark

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#1 posted 01-21-2016 10:13 AM

Incredible look and shape, especialy with live edge. How you kept it in one piece, I wonder.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 01-21-2016 10:40 AM

When things ’ fall together’ it is great, if we can recognize it. Unique and lovely piece, Mark. I’m off to read the blog. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 01-21-2016 11:50 AM

Well done Mark, you finished up with very nice winged bowl.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 01-21-2016 12:07 PM

We will call it… “A funnel for my tears”... Nice job!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 01-21-2016 07:08 PM


-- Mark

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#6 posted 01-21-2016 07:49 PM

Hey Mark, glad to see the project worked out in the end. You sure push the boundaries when it comes to turning wood into art. A bowl with a hole is about as adventurous as I get.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#7 posted 01-21-2016 10:33 PM

You know mark, there’s nothing more satisfying to now n then have a good old arm wrestle with a piece of argumentative timber, ;)
nicely done

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

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#8 posted 01-21-2016 10:48 PM

I’m in charge, Pete. I demand obedience. Abject, sniveling obedience.
Now, if only I could get my chainsaws, or at least one them, to learn their place.

-- Mark

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#9 posted 01-21-2016 11:24 PM

Ya know, it DID come out nice in the end,,,

Imagine that !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#10 posted 01-22-2016 08:10 AM

Sure did come out nice.
Well done and it proves that nothing is impossible, only the degree of difficulty varies.


-- 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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#11 posted 01-23-2016 04:06 AM

cool looking winged bowl… way to stick with it…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#12 posted 01-24-2016 01:45 AM

Nice fix Mark

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 01-24-2016 10:37 PM

Nice bowl, Mark! Way to recover!!

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

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#14 posted 01-25-2016 09:13 AM

Jim, coming from you

-- Mark

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#15 posted 01-30-2016 05:20 AM

I like it Mark. Its always a bummer when things don’t go as planned (or is it the norm?) but, certainly, you made a nice little bowl. I really like the quartz filler.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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