Maple Bowl

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Project by WoodArtbyJR posted 06-24-2010 08:51 PM 2004 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was talking with a gentleman and I mentioned I was a wood turner and he asked me if I would like some wood. DUH, me turn down free wood? He stated he had some maple that he didn’t plan on using. The wood was stacked outside under his carport and just looked like a pile of firewood. The first pic is one of several he gave me. I took it home and it sat for a few weeks. If you notice the black on the end, that is a tar like substance that he used to seal the ends. I cut it off one end and looked at the wood. It really didn’t look or smell like maple, more like fir. I was disappointed at first then noticed that it was extreamly hard so I decided to sand the little sandwich I had cut off and WOW. It was a VERY BEAUTIFULY grained piece of maple. Very figured. So I found the best area (at least I thought so) that would have the best possibility of producing a natural edged bowl so I started. I had the outside cut to the shape I wanted and started turning the inside. Well, I have always stated that I never really know what will turn out and this was one of those times when the wood had a mind of it’s own. My tool caught a soft/hard spot and caused my tool rest to move and caused my tool to hit the natural edge and it broke. So now I present a bowl in the style of an early Native American clay pot or an early African American slave water basket. Saw one at the old Slave Market in Charleston SC that was made before the Civil War. They weaved them so tight that it would hold water (sorry, this one won’t hold it’s water). This bowl is about 8.25” OD and about 4.5” high. Sanded down to 1200 grit and at this time has one coat of walnut oil. I will give it a few more coats of oil before polishing it. There are some areas that needed superglue to ensure it stayed intact while turning. Oh yeah, another time when I was glad I am a stickler for impact resistant face shields…......I hope this inspires you to go dig in the wood pile as you never know what you’ll find. Thank you for looking and comments and questions are always welcome. I hope the pictures pick up the irredesence of the grain.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#1 posted 06-24-2010 09:19 PM

Yep, sometimes you never know how a bowl is going to come out. Your bowl like nice. Sometimes the worst piece of wood makes the best looking bowl.

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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#2 posted 06-24-2010 09:33 PM

I’m not a turner, but my father-in-law had an entire cord of maple firewood last fall delivered and every piece of it was spalted! I was too busy with school/work to salvage any of it though before they burned it all. Good wood can be found in odd places.

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#3 posted 06-24-2010 09:33 PM

One good looking bowl for a piece of firewood.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#4 posted 06-24-2010 09:53 PM

Yup, ya never know what you’ll find.

-- Doug...

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#5 posted 06-24-2010 10:32 PM

Never, EVER, EVER, EVER,....turn down FREE wood!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#6 posted 06-24-2010 10:49 PM

sweet I like it

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#7 posted 06-25-2010 12:28 AM

Beautiful. I don’t own a lathe, but seeing work like this makes me want one.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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