My 1st Natural Edge Bowl, in Laburnum.

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Project by TannerTurnings posted 11-10-2014 11:29 PM 1594 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 1st ever Natural Edge piece. It’s about 4.5 inches diameter, and about 2.75 inches deep at its deepest point. I would have liked to have gone a little thinner in the walls, but with a few cracks starting to appear when hollowing out, even though I flooded them with CA, I decided to go with the “keep it in 1 piece” option.
The finish is 3 coats of Cellulose Sanding Sealer (even on the bark, it is really hard and wouldn’t even absorb thin CA!) and 2 coats of Woodwax 22 (paste wax)

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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#1 posted 11-11-2014 12:01 AM

Great job on your first one!!! I like the wood color and the finish looks perfect!

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

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#2 posted 11-11-2014 12:10 AM

Nice natural edge bowl, Keith. I get them darn cracks all the time too. I figure they just give the piece character and go ahead and complete them!!

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

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#3 posted 11-11-2014 12:24 AM

Excellent job Keith, it gets a bit scary with the bark still on. and the cracks don’t help.
You just gotta get game and go for it. Trouble is if the piece comes apart it hurts sometimes.
But you have done it right, glued the cracks and the bark, so the only thing remaining is nerves of steel.
Congratulations on your No.1, the rest can only be thinner.
I love that timber, the colour contrast is wonderful.
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 11-11-2014 01:25 AM

It’s like looking into a well worn crater uncovered from some ruins, lovely job Keith

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

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#5 posted 11-11-2014 02:43 AM

A fine display of nature. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 11-11-2014 08:38 AM

Very nice bowl, but I think the finish is vay to shiny. It makes it hard to see the wood pattern. I prefer it more semigloss.

-- Knappen aka Ole - I have to try everything at least once.

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#7 posted 11-11-2014 12:40 PM

Simply outstanding wood, turning, & bowl!

Hope that tree cut down in winter or if cut in the sumer may lose that bark.

-- Bill

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#8 posted 11-11-2014 04:39 PM

Simply outstanding wood, turning, & bowl!

Hope that tree cut down in winter or if cut in the sumer may lose that bark.

- Wildwood

The Tree was indeed cut at the beginning of last winter, by a good friend of mine.
I split the log (it was starting to check at the pith) and sealed the end grain, left it for a year in mostly warm, airy, surroundings.
The bark is as hard as Iron…I had to use a BIG Mallet & freshly sharpened bench chisel to get a flat surface to start from, so I wouldn’t think it will come loose. Very good point though!!

I’ve just got some more Laburnum, cut just 10 days back, so I may well rough a couple of small bowls out from some of it. It doesn’t often grow much larger than about 10-12 inches in diameter & the pieces I got are only about 7 inches, but it’s a real nice wood to work with, even though it is quite toxic!

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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#9 posted 11-11-2014 11:05 PM

Congratulations – I hope this is the first of many.
I am not familiar with laburnum, but it is a very attractive wood – reminds me of our local walnut varieties. I look forward to seeing more. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#10 posted 11-13-2014 06:38 PM

Very unique item

-- Here to learn

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#11 posted 11-27-2014 10:02 PM

I really like the bark.

-- If nothing goes right go left.

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