Pecan Bowl

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Project by mudflap4869 posted 06-09-2014 02:17 AM 1721 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the Pecan wood that William brought to the crawfish boil at eddies home in cajun country. He said he got it from a casket company. This is the plank that I used for the bowl. He didn’t mention any bodies, and I didn’t ask. Candy just might use it for a nut bowl, if she can stomach eating out of a casket. For some reason she acuses me of creative phrasing. It might be because I majored in Creative Writing at the university. I am also guilty of creative spelling at times. Thanks William for the great wood and even better friendship.

I also turned the middle sized bowl from cherry trim that Andy gave us. Great stuff Andy, Thanks. Milling and glueing kept me buisy for a little while. Then as I was turning it, learned that I had used the wrong glue. OK, so it has been more than 40 years since I was near a lathe.

The little bowl is the first one that I turned, just a piece of Oak I took out of the firewood pile. I liked the spalting and thought I try my hand at it…. HOOK, LINE and SINKER. It’s a good thing Candy was given the shopsmith so we can both turn at the same time. I might have to put a snake next to one of them to keep her from coming close enough to confiscate it.

Shower and cold drink time. Bye Y’all

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#1 posted 06-09-2014 02:25 AM

Nice work, Jim. I like the way you did that casket pecan.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 06-09-2014 02:28 AM

Good looking bowls, Jim.
I especially like the spalted oak one.
In the one from William’s wood, you could use it to hold berries. It’s too nice for bones. :-)

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 06-09-2014 05:09 AM

I can eat a lot of popcorn out of that pecan bowl! It’s 10.5” in diameter! Good work darlin’!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 06-09-2014 08:28 AM

Nice bowls! How did you get the circle in the center of the popcorn bowl?

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#5 posted 06-09-2014 09:39 AM

Nice bowls with a great story. Love the spalted one as well.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#6 posted 06-09-2014 10:44 AM

Great job. Did you inlay the center circle?

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 06-09-2014 10:53 AM

Cool bowls. Nicely done!!!

Yeah, how’d ya do the center circle???
Inquiring (& in this case, feeble) minds want to know….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#8 posted 06-09-2014 12:10 PM

Very nice, Jim. Great liking bowls.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#9 posted 06-09-2014 03:38 PM

Doe, Jim may come back and explain something he done different. There are more than one ways to skin a cat. I thought though that I’d tell you how I get circles like that in bottoms of bowls.

First of all I want to say that everytime I’ve had a circle like that it was not planned. It happens by pure accident.

Glue up layers.
When you get to the bottome of the bowl don’t make it perfectly flat. Make it go ever so slightly deeper towards the middle.
If you are at the bottom of one layer the center will start I peak through to the next layer, making a circle of different grain.
It is always different, but Jim seems to lucked up and gotten a very interesting grain pattern in his.
That’s what I love about turning bowls. It’s like opening a Christmas present. You never know what will pop out at you.


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#10 posted 06-09-2014 03:43 PM

Jim tried to answer your questions at the same time the site was having a fit, so he asked me to enlighten.
The center circle is a result of the layered construction. He took a board similar to that in the 4th picture and cut it into approximately 11” squares then rotated every other one 90 degrees and stack laminated them together into a bowl blank 11” x 11” x 3”. When turning, he made the center just deep enough to reveal that bottom layer. He also used a skew chisel to inscribe the circles in the bottom.
Hope that answers your questions.
Edit: William types faster than i!

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 06-09-2014 03:45 PM

Jim, it’s hard to believe you have been away from the lathe so long. These look like the work of a pro.
What kind of glue did you use? I use titebond III to glue up layered bowls, but I’m alway up to trying cheaper alternatives.

How do you like turning pecan?
That is some hard wood. It intimidated me at first until I learned that keeping a sharp tool is the key. I have come to realize now that the harder a wood, the more I like turning it. I have to keep a sharp tool, but I have less of that aggregating tear out on the end grain.

You realize that I can send you more pecan? They have these “if it fits it ships boxes”. I’ve done this for other turners before. Just let me know if you would rather have small cut off so various sizes or if you’d prefer to wait till I have big enough pieces to cut layers large enough to cover the width and length of the box till I fill it up.


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#12 posted 06-09-2014 04:32 PM

Nice work Jim! After only 40 years…..looks like you still got it…......

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#13 posted 06-09-2014 08:31 PM

looks very nice Jim

Keep up the good work

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#14 posted 06-09-2014 10:53 PM

Jim, Looks pretty ‘perfessional’ to me. Y’all need to come raid the woodpile here. If you like pecan, I’ve got lots you are welcome to. I want to see the mimosa results and would love to give y’all some spalted hackberry (it should look really cool turned).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 06-10-2014 10:53 PM

Thanks, Jim/Candy. I love pecan but boy you have to keep sharpening. . . a lot.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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