Spalted Sycamore Bowl, First attempt

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Project by BTKS posted 05-26-2009 03:31 PM 1872 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have been away from the lathe for a few years now. I have face plate and spindle turned in the past but never bowls. Was at our family reunion and my uncle had this spalted sycamore and the opportunity to try. The sycamore is finiky and wants to tear out on the end grain. Had a major mess up removing the bottom mounting foot. Just about had kindling!!! A good reminder about safety and the challengs that make woodworking so much fun and at times frustrating. It was fun and I plan on doing more when the time is available. Maybe this winter???? Thanks for looking.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#1 posted 05-26-2009 03:45 PM

Beautiful grain, beautiful finish. I’d say it was time you got back to the lathe.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#2 posted 05-26-2009 04:24 PM

I’ve worked with spalted sycamore and it has a very unusual pore structure that makes it hard to get a nice finish on. You did a great job.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Bill Akins

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#3 posted 05-26-2009 04:52 PM

Beautiful job and gorgeous wood. Just started turning a few months back and I love to look at bowls.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#4 posted 05-26-2009 06:14 PM

That spalting is gorgeous great job, Beautiful

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#5 posted 05-26-2009 10:24 PM

Very nice bowl. Now don’t go making stairs out of it…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 05-26-2009 11:07 PM

im gonna agree with bamasawduster on this… get back on the lathe! That bowl is absolutely beautiful!!!

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#7 posted 05-27-2009 12:02 AM

Thanks for the encouragment, may not be able to wait until winter. Later, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#8 posted 05-27-2009 12:05 AM

Beautiful job. The grain in incredible.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#9 posted 05-27-2009 12:40 AM

Beautiful piece, nice finish.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#10 posted 05-27-2009 03:18 AM

Nothing quite as beautiful as spalted wood!

-- Dale

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#11 posted 05-28-2009 03:19 PM

Beautiful Bowl!

-- Wade, Nashville,

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#12 posted 05-09-2010 07:00 AM

love that wood…nice turning.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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