Walnut Bowl - Turning Project

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Project by Shawn Herrington posted 09-04-2014 05:53 AM 1396 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I turned this bowl from a walnut log that was not properly dried as the original owner planned to use it for several small carving projects. I was wary of turning anything out of the heavily checked log; however, it stayed together long enough to become a bowl. The last two pictures are attempts to show the extent of the cracking in the finished piece.

The size and shape were determined by turning down the diameter until the cracks were no longer fully separated. The walls were left fairly thick because I was afraid the whole piece was going to blow up; coincidentally, they are proportional to the overall size and shape.

As previously mentioned, the project is made from black walnut. There is a little glimmer of sapwood in the base that is just visible in the first picture. The finish is boiled linseed oil for now, but it might get a lacquer clear-coat if I can come up with a use for it besides sitting on the mantle.

-- -Shawn

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#1 posted 09-04-2014 12:30 PM

Nice work glad you didn’t end up eating it!
I would finish it up with a nice coat all projects deserve to be finished for later generations to enjoy.

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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