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Project by Bill posted 06-08-2014 01:41 AM 2599 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am spending this weekend at an art fair at Winona Lake, Indiana, and brought this bowl with me to burn. I started today at 8 in the morning and finally finished it at 6 this evening. This is a pretty special bowl. I let the kids who came by the booth help a little, and had them sign the bottom. I had a lot of fun with it, and I think at least a few of them might be getting wood burners soon. It was a great feeling to pass along a love for wood, and the joy of creating. I think I might just keep this piece, as a trophy.

10 inches across, 6 inches tall, eastern red cedar finished with beeswax and walnut oil.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 06-08-2014 01:54 AM

That is just absolutely WAY cool!


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#2 posted 06-08-2014 02:22 AM

Very cool indeed. My Mom lives in Winona Lake, she loves going that art fair.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#3 posted 06-08-2014 03:26 AM

As above, way way cool.
I would keep it also, apart from being a lovely piece of wood, it is a treasure as well.
Thanks for sharing.

-- 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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#4 posted 06-08-2014 04:09 AM

Yet another beautiful piece of art. It is great to pass things on. lol I got a wood burning kit for a gift as a kid and it still holds happy memories for me as well as instilling a love of beautiful woods and what we can do with them.

-- woodlandsprite * Setting out to change the world is for most of us doing the best we can to improve our little corner of it.*

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#5 posted 06-08-2014 04:24 AM

Exelent work as usual. The shape and the burnt pattern reminds me of traditional african pottery I have seen in South Africa

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 06-08-2014 04:30 AM

Excellent work as always. They could not have a better inspiration than you to learn from.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 06-08-2014 05:46 AM

Very Nice Work. Well Done! Thanks For Sharing.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#8 posted 06-08-2014 09:42 AM

The only training I have on pyrography is from a book I got at the library, and the author suggests having a woodburner at shows, to let people try it out, except he has people try to write there names with it. Writing with a woodburner is probably the hardest thing to do with one, so he is esssentially setting people up for failure. His mindset was that if people see how hard it is, they will appreciate his work more.

That is complete horse crap. I want people to see that it is not terribly difficult to create something, especially kids. I have taught anyone who asks how to do what I do, and I am proud when someone excels at it., It might not be good for my business, but it is good for the future of the craft.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#9 posted 06-08-2014 10:46 AM

A very cool looking bowl, beautiful wood and an amazing looking design.I agree i would not be selling it but placing it in a book case, shelf or cabinet with a light shining on it because it sure deserves to be in the spotlight. Great work of art.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#10 posted 06-08-2014 11:58 AM

Best looking “burnt” bowl I’ve seen ! Great design, way to go friend….keep em. coming

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#11 posted 06-08-2014 12:11 PM

Great looking bowl and the burned design looks great with the nice wood you used. I especially liked that you had some kids doing some burning work on it. I can’t think of a better way than that to get youngsters excited about woodworking. You deserve an A+ for that.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 06-08-2014 03:38 PM

I really like the pattern you have created especially on the red cedar. The combination is striking. Kudos to you for involving the kids in this project.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 06-08-2014 05:02 PM

Stopped by your booth yesterday and we saw you burning the bowl. Beautiful work and I love your outlook on paying it forward.

-- Adam from Indiana -

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#14 posted 06-08-2014 10:05 PM

Sweet job on the design! I love it….................Jim

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

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#15 posted 06-08-2014 10:22 PM

Very cool different than any other bowl I’ve ever seen. The pyrography work makes it a real stand out.


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