Black Walnut, Maple and Purpleheart Segmented Bowl

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Project by KE4NYV posted 10-10-2014 01:24 AM 1601 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl was my first commission piece. I was asked to make a special bowl. The customer gave me no instruction on wood color/type and asked me to just come up with something interesting that he could give his mother on her birthday.

The bowl is fairly basic. Twelve segment rings. (I’m aware that in the second picture one of the rings has two segments swapped out of place. Luckily these were not glued up yet!) A solid black walnut base and black walnut rim. The pattern rings are walnut, maple and purpleheart. I offset the rings each time I added one to the stack to create a semi-helix effect. More of a twist, but you get the idea.

I finished it with linseed oil. After it soaked in for an hour I came back with a clean cloth and rubbed it into the wood. I’m very happy with the end result.

-- Jason R.

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#1 posted 10-10-2014 08:51 AM

nice job what angle did you cut them

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#2 posted 10-10-2014 09:02 AM

Please define interesting – lol
seriously, very nice layout and beautiful end result

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 10-10-2014 12:13 PM

Great looking project!!! I like how the woods all work together on this piece.

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

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#4 posted 10-10-2014 06:27 PM

nice job what angle did you cut them

- sawmill46

The segments are cut at 15 degrees on each side. 30 degree angles when split up over twelve segments.

-- Jason R.

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#5 posted 10-11-2014 01:18 PM

Good looking bowl.

-- Gary, Florida

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#6 posted 10-12-2014 11:50 PM

Very Nice! I like the colors

-- I turn wood into 'things' ..... what is your superpower?

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#7 posted 03-25-2015 03:09 PM

Very cool!

-- "I have learned from my mistakes, and I am sure I can repeat them exactly" — Peter Cook

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