Silver Maple Bowl

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 03-08-2018 01:47 AM 1096 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ignore what I’ve done to this piece of wood and admire, if you will, the wood itself. I coudn’t let it go due to the figure and the natural spalting. For what it’s worth (I have no delusions), here it is.
I “rough turned” this bowl several months ago, and, after I completed the afore-posted Black Walnut bowl, I decided to see what might come of it. Cracks and knot holes notwithstanding, I managed to keep it intact to the very end. Only today, I mounted in on the Longworth chuck and turned the bottom. As you can see (pic 6) it got quite thin. There really was nothing more I could do with it than to give the bottom a good soaking of shellac, hoping it won’t ultimately warp and break.
Thank you. And, I apologize.
I have a nascent goblet on the lathe, now. Stay tuned. Or don’t.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 03-08-2018 02:14 AM

This one cracks me up. LOL. It’s still has the beauty of the beholder. Nice save.

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

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#2 posted 03-08-2018 02:45 AM

Took skill to make that bowl, great job!

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#3 posted 03-08-2018 03:32 AM

why waste a good piece of wood, great recovery.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 03-08-2018 03:54 AM

Yes it is nice wood Mark, good job keeping it together. I like the shape!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#5 posted 03-08-2018 05:03 AM

I really like that method of securing cracks and splits. Nice!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 03-08-2018 05:42 AM

I like those patches- very clever solution.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 03-08-2018 10:57 AM

Good save Mark.


-- 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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#8 posted 03-08-2018 03:18 PM

Pictures 4 and 5 show some interesting images. I see a mother and father with a baby nestled between them. You’ve got a winner there Mark!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#9 posted 03-08-2018 06:53 PM

sure looks like you has to put out the “111” call with this piece Mark, nice rescue, well done

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

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#10 posted 03-08-2018 11:06 PM

Roman sees a Mother, Father and Child – took me awhile to see it – I thought the same grain pattern looked like the Holy Grail which you had been seeking. Another great piece and number five with a bullet, let’s see if we can get it into the top three.

Take care,


-- Leafherder

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#11 posted 03-09-2018 04:27 AM

Beautiful wood and nice save If you went that far, you just have to complete it!!


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

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#12 posted 03-09-2018 04:45 AM

Good to see your work Mark!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 03-09-2018 10:31 AM

Mark, at some point all woodworkers are limited or freed by the wood we can find to work with. This bowl is beautifully shaped and you have let the wood speak for its self. I am sure you held your breathe several times while you were turning this. I like the idea of using dowels as a sort of Dutchman to save the piece. Keep turning and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 03-10-2018 02:49 AM

Mark , nice job and congratulations on another ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 04-29-2018 08:33 PM

Beautiful wood I agree, if we don’t try, we never get to the next level.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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