Turned Rimu dish

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Project by Clipper50 posted 08-03-2010 09:59 PM 1564 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On a trip to New Zealand a couple of years ago, I brought home a piece of Rimu wood that I purchased there. I finally got around to finishing it. The decor is a 1/4 inch deep “moat” that was painted with black stain. I then hot glued Paua shells from New Zealand along the bottom and then filled with clear epoxy. The finish is tung oil and it brought up the grain nicely.

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#1 posted 08-03-2010 10:28 PM

So, what you’re saying is, this isn’t dishwasher safe? :-)
It’s beautiful, and what a lovely memory you have created for yourself of New Zealand. I’m going to have to research Rimu wood.

-- Gnettie the Gnome

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#2 posted 08-03-2010 10:52 PM

Did some research on Rimu wood and what an interesting tree with quite a history. Evidently can live up to 900 years, and like our large cypress here in LA, got pretty well wiped out for a while until protected and now carefully harvested. Also saw lots of pictures of things made with it, which made me appreciate your piece of wood even more with its beautiful patterns. The papua shells add such a meaningful touch, giving it a spiritual flavor peculiar to Oceania. How did you come by this piece of wood? Just lying around a souvenir shop or from another woodworker in New Zealand?

-- Gnettie the Gnome

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#3 posted 08-03-2010 11:53 PM

very nice looking bowl, great looking wood.

-- RStadler

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#4 posted 08-04-2010 02:01 AM

I really like the inlayed rim. It’s a nice piece with a bit of history.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 08-04-2010 02:53 AM

Great looking bowl especially like the paua shell inserts.

Growing up in NZ in the 50’s and 60’s I remember going to Taupo Totara Timber ( TTT) company with my dad and buying Rimu in boards the where 10×1( NZ dimensions are reversed compared to what we use here) by 8 to 10 foot long. I was the standard wood used in lots of woodworking projects much like oak or maple are here.
Tough stuff with very attractive grain and colour (NZ spelling).
If I remember it worked much like maple and could burn if you weren’t careful, and that was the days before carbide became available and cheap enough for the hobby woodworker to use.

Brings back fond memories.

Thanks jb

-- Playing with wood and metal for the last 50 years, driving and building Land Cruisers for the last 40. Experience is what you get when you don't know what you are doing.

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#6 posted 08-04-2010 07:57 AM

Very nice bowl. Really like the Paua shells. Very nice design. Beautiful wood.

Gnome, Thanks for the info on the wood.

Keep it up.


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

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#7 posted 08-04-2010 08:18 AM

Nice Design. Great Job.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#8 posted 08-04-2010 03:41 PM

Thats Just Beautiful!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#9 posted 08-05-2010 02:13 AM

awesome job. Beautiful wood and a awesome idea on the rim.

-- Jeff, Missouri ,"Just because your not bleeding, dont mean your turning safely!"..............

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