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Project by Andrew posted 11-17-2009 05:16 AM 1567 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a bowl I was lucky enough to make, The bowl was finished with blonde shellac.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns





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#1 posted 11-17-2009 05:26 AM

Wow Andrew this is a marvelous bowl.

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#2 posted 11-17-2009 07:36 AM

Well done.

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#3 posted 11-17-2009 08:21 AM

Great bowl. Nice design and the wood is spectacular.

Keep it up.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#4 posted 11-17-2009 12:00 PM

Very nice bowl and beautiful wood.

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#5 posted 11-17-2009 12:15 PM

Nice!... Keep it going!

Best,

Peter

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#6 posted 11-17-2009 03:05 PM

Question, will those great red streaks fad as the wood seasons? I regret to say I’ve always viewed Box Elder (we call them Manitoba Maple) as a weed and have burnt and thrown out many, including alot of burls. I just didn’t think they were worth anything, they rotted quickly and smelled awful. I am starting to kick myself for that wrong thinking.

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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#7 posted 11-17-2009 03:59 PM

Yes the streaks will fade over time, then the wood will look just like maple. The wood fades very fast in direct sunlight. I put a rough cut piece with lovely streaks in the sun for 2 days the front was very faded, and the back was just the same as it had been before, That was in Late june, “days were longer, the night were stronger than moonshine” I live near the ventura highway you see…. Okay seriously, the fading was topical and I could sand to the red streaks again. I believe that kept out of direct sunlight the streaks will survive for decades. Norm Abrams built a cupboard and used Box Elder for the iside back panel, he said because it was enclosed the streaks were very stable. Don’t kick yourself, the wood does rot and punk very quickly, also it seems to me that the pieces with the most streaks, are the closest to rotting, and punking, difficult to work with and most likely to explode when turning at beyond safe speeds ( my favorite)
Thanks for the comments guys, appreciate it.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#8 posted 11-17-2009 04:48 PM

i to have played with box elder, im glad that most people think its worthless, makes it easy for me to obtain, lol. i have even milled it into boards and made things with it, you do have to keep it flat and and properly stickered but that goes with all woods. i have gotten some amazing burls and they turn great, havent had any problems with fadeing yet but the pieces are kept out of the sun. on the heavily red streaked pieces i use water based poly so it doesnt change the color but enhances it. did the blonde shellac turn the red orange? nice turning, looks cool.

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#9 posted 11-17-2009 05:14 PM

No it brightened the red, if the streaks look orange that is my camera.

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#10 posted 11-17-2009 05:41 PM

This looks great : )

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#11 posted 11-17-2009 05:47 PM

Great Bowl. I appreciate all of the comments on the wood. I’ve never owned any.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#12 posted 11-17-2009 07:00 PM

Karson, the wood is native and very abundant here in the midwest, a cousin to the maple, and known to the non woodie homeowners as a insect infested tree, that they hate. There is no shortage of this wood here, if you want, come out anytime (let me know) and we can send you home with a bunch. I swear, if it wasn’t so beautiful I would get awful tired of turning the stuff. Every month one of my freinds comes by with a load of the stuff, they just want to get rid of it. “here ya go, had to take this down up at my Mom’s Man”, “when’s my bowl gonna be ready?” Ha Ha Ha Ha. Anyway the streaks are beleived to be caused by stress in the tree, so the harder the life, or closer to deaqth the more streaks, if those rumors are true.
Take Care

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#13 posted 11-17-2009 07:43 PM

Andrew thanks for the offer. TYhe sawmill guy that I’ve gotten wood from here said another sawmill owner (Amish) had called him about some red wood that he cut up in the mill.

He was making pallet wood at the time and ran across this red wood. He was trying to find out what it was. Noone could tell him and I didn’t think of Box Elder wood. So it all went to pallets because he couldn’t find any other used for it.

My wife is refusing me to buy any more wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#14 posted 11-17-2009 07:50 PM

Karson, thats funny, take pretty wood, and make palletts out of it ( disposable) unless one of us gets it.
I can get the wood for free, I just turned down another load yesterday, and then my wife called me at work today to tell me there is a load in front of the garage that wasn’t there this morning. I already know who it is from, Thanks Jeff, its apple. Good for small bowl, vases, wooden spoons…. better if it fullt dries before working it, shaings go to the smoker, maybe i’ll order a pork belly or 2 and make some bacon.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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