Lidded Bowl

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 09-06-2015 06:44 AM 1535 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A lidded bowl that started out as a horribly cracked log. Ficus, like the last one. The lid/finial is one piece, from the same log. The lid/finial were end-turned. It’s finished in B.L.O./W.O.P./W.A.X. The little piece in the BG of photos 2-4 is the stub from the bowl. I don’t like to throw things away. Photo 6 was the first one I took. It’s backed by the other half of the log. The log was quartered. So it’s the other half of the half. The other half of the log became small pieces intended for end-turned objects, of which the lid/finial on this piece is one.So it’s one quarter of a half of a half.
The unusual thing about this is that I photographed it in broad daylight, instead of waiting til night, as I normally do.

So many words. I need a nap.

I may wind up blogging this piece to show what it came from. That Ficus is astoundingly pretty, innit?

-- Mark

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#1 posted 09-06-2015 09:45 AM

Nice piece of turning Mark ,great looking grain in that wood and you have achieved a nice finish to it. Well done.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 09-06-2015 09:47 AM

Thank you, Bob.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 09-06-2015 09:50 AM

I forgot to mention that I couldn’t decide whether I wanted an onion dome or an egg or a flame or an hourglass on the finial. So, I compromised and made what turned out looking to me for all the world like a snowman.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 09-06-2015 12:37 PM

Nice bowl, Mark!!

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

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#5 posted 09-06-2015 01:03 PM

Beautiful bowl, Mark. As for photography, I almost always prefer natural light to flash when I’m shooting projects. I’ll usually do some shots both ways, and 99% of time I end up keeping the ones that are naturally lit.

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

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#6 posted 09-06-2015 04:20 PM


I never realized ficus could get that large. Guess I’m used to that scrawny looking thing that sets in our dining room.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 09-06-2015 04:42 PM

Real nice job Mark. What’s the diameter?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#8 posted 09-06-2015 05:08 PM


Sorry you’re at the end of your ficus wood, but you have produced some work you’re proud of. :<)

Lighting, camera coloring ( more blues or reds ) can be compensated for in Picasa a free program. You might know this but lighting from 3 directions is usually what professional photographers use.

How long does it take to turn a piece like this?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 09-06-2015 07:27 PM

Mark, you did a fine job on this bowl.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Mark Wilson

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#10 posted 09-06-2015 10:21 PM

Thank you all.
Charlie, two lights, both fluorescent – one, the tube lamp that hangs from the rafters, is over my right shoulder, the other is a lighted ring magnifier mounted on my bench to the left that I move around. Never flash – too harsh; don’t like the shadows. I sometimes even hang a white t-shirt over the magnifier light to reduce shadows.The daylight is ambient, indoors, with the garage (dungeon) door open. I will, on occasion, as with lots of chetoyance going on, take a piece out in the direct sunlight. The only editing I do, in any case (GIMP), is scaling down, so you all don’t have to wait forever for photos to load and to save space in my computer, and brightness and contrast. All my photos are made with a tripod.
Lew, Industrial Ficus gets huge. They’re shade trees in parking lots and along city streets. They look kinda like Magnolias, in a way, only bigger. And, no flowers. The ones you’re familiar with are popular in the Bonsai world.
John, the 10+”D piece of wood wound up about 6-1/2”. The height at the finial is 5-1/4”. The lid was inspired by YOU. Big hand for John, everyone.
Tom, I’ve only just begun with the Ficus. I’m nowhere near the end. Unless there are some colors I’m not seeing due to my “color deficiency” (that means “color blind”, “color stupid”), what tou see in these photos is exactly what it looks like. I use GIMP. I never fiddle with color, because of the aforementioned. This piece took two to three hours.
Thank you again.
This piece went Top 3. I still don’t know how that happens.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 09-06-2015 10:24 PM

The hatchet wasn’t necessary. The wood shrunk so much in the drying that it came right off. I sharpened the hatchet needlessly.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 09-07-2015 12:24 AM

Nice bit of turning Mark.
Have you got a genie trapped inside?. LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 09-07-2015 06:01 AM

Realy fascinating shapes, beautiful turning.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Mark Wilson

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#14 posted 09-07-2015 09:32 AM

GMan, I think there might be a genie in there. There’s no way of finding out because I haven’t two farthings to rub together to get him to come out.
Thank you, Ivan. Your good thoughts mean a lot to me.

-- Mark

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