Cherry Bowl

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Project by Dorje posted 07-09-2007 10:00 AM 2469 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I turned this little bowl a while back out of Cherry. It was green when I turned it. It came off the (mini) lathe at just under 8”. It dried a bit warped, just as green bowl should. I think I like the form it’s taken…time will tell. May end up in the woodstove! I didn’t have all the sanding accessories when I turned it, so this is right from the lathe. Also – no finish.

What’s it for? Still don’t know.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 07-09-2007 11:55 AM

Hey Dorje,

Nice bowl. I like the warp it has taken on.

If I were you, I would put a finish on it now, put it on a display shelf, and put a name tag in front of it.

I’d call it, “A Bowl Job”

Nice turning.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 07-09-2007 11:56 AM

Dorje, very interesting grain and nice shape. If you flatten the bottom so the bowl is stable on its base, I think it would be a great conversation piece.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 07-09-2007 12:14 PM

that is NOT going to become firewood!!!

good idea to put a flat spot on the bottom.
This reminds me of a turtle – a powerful native symbol connecting air, water, earth

Polish it up….. name it… display it proudly

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Bob Babcock

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#4 posted 07-09-2007 03:50 PM

Turtle Bowl it is…...

Nice grain…it does actually have a sort of tortoise shell look to it!

-- Bob

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#5 posted 07-09-2007 03:56 PM

I haven’t identified a use for anything I’ve turned. That’s got some great grain. I love turning green wood. Nice bowl.

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

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#6 posted 07-09-2007 05:27 PM

A nice bowl. I like Debbie and Bob’s label…the turtle bowl. Maybe you need to make a lid that has legs and a head so it looks like an upside down turtle? haha

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#7 posted 07-09-2007 05:46 PM

No, no, no…rather than flatten it you could make a little turned dish that acts as a stand…that is if you want this to end up in a museum…this should be oiled…and then used as a great salad bowl—you said it was green bowl…so turn it into a greens bowl…and then market it and get some green…if the money doesn’t roll in you can put peanuts in it…

Great bowl…should be (another) a museum piece…!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 07-09-2007 05:48 PM

Hmm, and peanuts would provide peanut oil to protect the bowl inside….

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#9 posted 07-09-2007 07:31 PM

I love the colors that everyone seems to be calling turtle shell. I’ll make some kind of diveder that corresponds to the natural colors and turn it into a snack bowl with peanuts, chips, or some other finger food. What a conversation piece you will have when the bowl is emptied and you can tell everyone that you made it. The divider could just float in the bowl with maybe some small notches to keep it in line with the colors.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 07-10-2007 01:36 AM

You all are just so full of ideas – thanks for all the feedback..

Don, et al: If I decide to flatten the bottom, should I do it on the stationary sander or the jointer or use a plane or…what method?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 07-10-2007 09:32 PM

Just use your belt sander with 120 paper then hand sand it till it looks good. And when people ask you what it’s for tell its to look at. Or throw your car keys in it. But it is ART. jockmike

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

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#12 posted 07-11-2007 05:40 PM

I think it is a meditation tool

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#13 posted 07-22-2007 03:37 PM

I know how to use a metal lathe. I got to get a wood lathe.
Is it fun turning wood!
Nice Job.

-- Normite Lou

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#14 posted 08-08-2007 06:33 AM

It has great color…Did you ever finish it? At least rub some oil on it and post it again so I can see how that yellow comes out.

I was in the SF Farmers Market this last Sat. A small garden shop had a set of 7 bowls, all progressively larger (cut from the same blank). The largest bowl was about 18-20” in diameter, turned from green spalted maple…$700 for the set.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#15 posted 08-08-2007 06:34 AM

By the way…Yes I got the number for their buyer…

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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