Cherry Bowl with Ebony Finial

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Project by jockmike2 posted 06-27-2007 05:33 AM 1807 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Very hard bowl to hollow. The bowl is only 21/2 inches thick, 91/2 inches wide.Beautiful seasoned cherry, almost like turning spring green wood, except dry. I was given a box of exotic woods from my daughter’s fiance’s father who also is a wood worker. They were all small pieces 2 inches to 3 foot long. But 3 boxes of pieces of all kinds of wood. You pen makers would drool over these boxes of pieces. I’m starting on my supply of walnut I got last fall. I have some logs around 2 to 3 ft long and 3 and 1/2 foot thick. So I’m going to make some nice platters and bowls. Recently I gave my Doctor a walnut bowl about 10 inches wide. I thought she was going to have a screw come lose. She ran all through the offices showing everyone and as I was leaving I must of had 8 requests fpr bowls of any kinds. I had to tell them I’m not in the business. My female Dr. though, I think, loves me. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#1 posted 06-27-2007 05:43 AM

Mike, I am amazed by this … did you hollow out the bowl through that hole in the top or did you glue two bowls together? If it is the former, than how did you do it? How do you keep from punching through the wood working the tools through that tiny hole? I guess it sure must have been very hard to hollow!

It is always good to keep the Doctor happy!

-- John

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#2 posted 06-27-2007 05:54 AM

Great looking turning Mike – I like it. I have a female Dr. too, it’s kind of different seeing a lady doctor. We are still working up to that Prostate check :-)).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 06-27-2007 06:11 AM

I had my prostate checked, it was’nt fun. I remember when I first went to her and had to fill out the health questionaire, of course it asks if you ever had trouble urinating. First I cheched yes, then thought what would follow,so I erased it and checked no. She got to looking it over and said uhha! It looks like we need to check your prostate. I thought damnit. Yes Woodspar I hollowed the bowl through that little hole. I have chisels that have curves in them to allow you to get around corners. But it is difficult you have to check with calipers to make sure you don’t take off to much inside. It’s hollowed almost down to the outer edge. about ! and 1/2 inches from the outer edge. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 06-27-2007 07:28 AM

I’m not worthy, jock! I spent the night turning a winged bowl that is 3 1/2” wide from a 2×4. That is absolutely beautiful.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 06-27-2007 07:35 AM

Thanks Spiddy, but you’re worthy, I’m still a picker when it comes to woodturning. Just go to any website with a gallery. My gosh there are some truely wonderous pieces of art. I’m still learning, believe me. But thanks. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 06-27-2007 08:38 AM

Beautiful bowl for a picker (or anyone), Mike. Had to smile about the prostate check. My first Doc as an adult was a female, very petite. I came in for the check-up, sure enough she was out that day and in comes her office partner, who swear to God had arachnodactyly (latin for spider fingers), like Abe Lincoln, about 8 feet tall with hands that could cup a basketball. Cheerio!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#7 posted 06-27-2007 01:13 PM

Wow Mike…really nice!

-- Bob

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#8 posted 06-27-2007 03:53 PM

Excellent turning, Mike! Beautiful design,too. Does your wife know that your doc. is sweet on you? LOL. ;^D

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 06-27-2007 04:11 PM

Better go easy on the turning for the ladies; maybe put a few flaws in there on purpose. I’d like to be as good as you some day. Very nice.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#10 posted 06-27-2007 05:23 PM

Great job Mike. That is a wonderful bowl. And to think you did hollowed it out as a single piece. Wow.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#11 posted 06-27-2007 06:47 PM

That’s a fantastic bowl, Mike! (Next week we are going to start working on your photography. LOL)

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

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#12 posted 06-28-2007 04:01 AM

Wow! forgetting about the difficulty in the turning, this bowl is a work of art. pure and simple. Just, one thing, toss that batman thingee in the trash. That bowl stands on its own. Less is more. if you insist on something in it, place some florists foam on the bottom and have a few sprigs of dried grasses, or pussywillow, or something similar, which would enhance the bowl. and make it seem like it was designed for that purpose. Otherwise let it display itself. The hole and the open inside are what MAKES this project. Dont plug it up!

-- Dan

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#13 posted 06-29-2007 01:29 AM

Nice bowl Mike. I like the top…very creative. It gets a little scary digging your tool back into the wood where you can’t see it doesn’t it?

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#14 posted 06-29-2007 09:13 PM

Ya, the hang ups hurt sometimes. But keep your tools sharp and you’re a lot safer. So you don’t like my ebony top huh Hands. That’s what art is all about, to each his own, but thanks for the critisizim, I’ll take a look at what you’re saying. It’s a good thing to hear someone be honest and not just say, yup thats purdy. But don’t get me wrong my head is pretty big right now from all the nice comments, thanks guys. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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