Apricot Bowl

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Project by parkprimus posted 12-08-2015 04:50 AM 1080 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been quite a while since my last post. My camera hit the deck and busted. I have turned about 30 bowls since my last post ad nauseum, so I really don’t need to post each one. This piece is nice though, I really like the grain and colorations. It was saved from a wood pile and full of termites and grubs when I got it. I processed the logs and put them in the deep freeze to kill the termites. I don’t want my house to get eaten. Anyone else know how to deal with the termites. Seemed like a good to freeze them to death, but there is always a better way; freezing does affect the wood a bit. Looking forward to any ideas. Thanks.

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#1 posted 12-08-2015 05:00 AM

heat the wood to 135 degrees (F) in an oven, let it stay in the oven one hour at that temp.

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 12-08-2015 08:17 AM

That is one Gorgeous piece of wood, I love the colours. Mother Nature is really hard to beat.
Great job on the bowl.
I kill any termites with “Fly Spray”.


-- 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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#3 posted 12-08-2015 09:51 AM

Awesome looking bowl! I haven’t had to deal with bugs yet but it’s good to know about the freezing.

-- I make bowls and spoons.

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#4 posted 12-08-2015 11:34 AM

I really like everything about this project. Thanks for the information about bugs. I turn mostly segmented. I have only turned a few one piece bowls. Have been collecting a bunch of blanks from different woods and plan on doing more. I enjoy all the ones shown on LJs.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#5 posted 12-08-2015 03:53 PM

I agree that is some beautiful wood.

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#6 posted 12-08-2015 04:01 PM

That is a beautiful bowl made out of beautiful wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 12-08-2015 04:36 PM

Thanks everyone – it is easy to work too – I am seriously considering growing apricot trees so I will always have a supply.

Thanks Herb for the idea.

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#8 posted 12-08-2015 04:47 PM

that is one great piece of wood!!!! great job saving it.

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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#9 posted 12-08-2015 05:29 PM

Nice work.
Apricot is one of my favorite woods to turn because of the easy workability and varied colors. It is hard to get larger pieces because the termites do love it too. I had a steady supply when I lived in California but that was a while ago. Apple wood is similar but not quite as colorful if you need a substitute.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#10 posted 12-08-2015 05:33 PM

Nice job on the bowl. I like the idea of planting the trees, I’d love to have a Laburnum in my yard that I can get wood from.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#11 posted 12-08-2015 09:20 PM

I thank the existence of termites for my pile of Peach. The tree had been treated prior to extraction, and the damage was limited tot he trunk. And, beetles, for my Mulberry. And, whatever it was that brought down those Maples.
Herb: How’s the smell of freshly-cooked termites in the morning?
Bob: Fly spray? I have some of that. Never thought of it. I tried ant/roach spray. Small piece of infested wood, tented in a plastic grocery bag. Months ago. I haven’t looked at it, since.

-- Mark

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