Ficas Bowl 7c - OR - The Last Word

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 01-08-2016 06:56 AM 1120 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

And, in case you wonder about the inside:

As I described in the Blogs, the 1/2” dowel holes were bored at an increasingly oblique angle, as they approach the bottom. All the 3/4” dowels went in with the same trajectory. So, while the dark 3/4” spots are all round, the 1/2” Oak spots go oval to an increasing extent. This had the effect, on the inside of the bowl, of making some of the 1/2” spots come out next to – not through – the dark ones. Also, you may notice, there’s a straight line (I abhor straight lies), down yonder. That is where there was, evidently, a void where the second-to-the-bottom 3/4” dowel hove to in the blank. I kinda figured that might happen. But, I also figured that, in turning and hollowing, any such voids would be removed. I was wrong.
The finished size is 6” dia x 5” height. The finish is BLO/Shellac/Wax.

Thank you for coming along.

Your shadow is a confirmation that light has traveled nearly 93 million miles unobstructed, only to be deprived of reaching the ground in the final few feet thanks to you.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 01-08-2016 07:37 AM

That’s a cool end result Mark. Interesting to see it all, thanks for the effort.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 01-08-2016 07:52 AM

Very nice Mark, was worth while waiting for the final result. Great finish and nice effect with the dowels. A well done project. Have you run out of Ficas yet?

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

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#3 posted 01-08-2016 08:47 AM

No, Bob. I still have some. I have no immediate plans for it. I think I’ll stay away from end-grain turning with it, next time.
I did not realize, til just now, that I repeated the same photo in the text that I placed as the third one in the showcase. I didn’t mean to do that.

Here it is. The color is funky, due to the lighting. But you get the picture.

Trust me. It wasn’t as hard as I probably made it look. I’m quite the dimwit.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 01-08-2016 10:31 AM

looks really cool mark, the whimsical arrangement of dowels really makes the piece.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#5 posted 01-08-2016 11:39 AM

The dowels just followed and crossed the crack, Tooch. Thanks.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 01-08-2016 12:23 PM

Looking good Mark, Love the effect.


-- 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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#7 posted 01-08-2016 01:12 PM

The dowels give it an interesting look. At the sales booth, you could tell the prospective buyer ”And just lookit all the branches that were trying to grow out of the tree like that. They made a pretty neat line. Looks like a chart showing the phases of the moon.”

And of course, they’d say ”You’re right. That really IS unique. Eighty bucks you say? I’ll take it!”

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#8 posted 01-08-2016 01:18 PM

Looks great, Mark. I must admit as I followed your blog and saw you filling that huge crack with dowels, I thought that was a little crazy and wondered how it would turn out, but I really like that effect. Not only does it look good, but it says a tons about the thought and creativity required to make it.

-- Brent H. --"This retirement stuff is hard work. I need to go get a job so I can get some rest!"

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#9 posted 01-08-2016 02:12 PM

Mark, always does ones efforts, receive the applause they deserve. In this case, very well done. I agree with others about the difficulty but just may have to try it on the right project.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 01-08-2016 03:59 PM

Ok, been following your blog with interest just to see where this was going to end up. Ended up well I’d say. Really thinking outside the bowl.

-- Don, -

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#11 posted 01-08-2016 04:24 PM

Mark, the Ficas made you work for this one, and you certainly have the last word, success! Beautiful shape and finish. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 01-08-2016 05:28 PM

Beautiful finish. I like those wooden dots not in straight line.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 01-08-2016 05:51 PM

Cool one, Mark!!

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

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#14 posted 01-08-2016 08:04 PM

Nice job mark ,those plugs look real good

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#15 posted 01-09-2016 09:31 AM

Thank you all very much. If you read, as well as looked at the photos, you know this one took a lot out of me. So, your kind words mean the world to me.
Joe? Eighty dollars? You’re funny.
Brent, it wasn’t a huge crack at all, really. I just saw an excuse to do something I’d been wanting for some time. And, I found out that it’s really not as difficult as it ought to be, considering the outcome. I have done something like it where there was no crack or any other reason for it, aside from adding some decorative feature to an otherwise rather uninspiring landscape (see:, if you’ve nothing better to do with yourself.
Candy, thank you, pet. I thought you’d like it.
Ivan, the line of the crack determined the direction of the spots.
Pete, a pat on the back from such a master is truly a buoyant thing.

-- Mark

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