Silver Maple Bowl

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 06-08-2018 02:24 AM 893 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First piece on new lathe. What a wonderful machine. I’ve been introduced to the magic of turning in reverse, as well as the absolute marvel of a machine that turns truly and smoothly.
Beautiful piece of wood, innit? The spalting reminds me of varicose veins. But, in wood, they’re gorgeous. The worm holes and cracks presented quite a challenge. The bowl is 9-3/4” X 4”, with a roughly 1/8” wall at the lip, which tapers to where the bottom is actually about an inch thick. It’s quite bottom-heavy.

It’s finished in Shine Juice – to pop the figure – followed by straight shellac, and a whole bunch of rattlecan lacquer.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 06-08-2018 03:53 AM

great job,mate

-- bambi

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#2 posted 06-08-2018 04:01 AM

Cool looking bowl and the grain is outstanding. Great job !!!

-- MEL, Kansas

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#3 posted 06-08-2018 04:24 AM


LOL! Glad your now having fun! Is the mojo back?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 06-08-2018 04:45 AM

Tom, we’ve yet to see. I have the piece that was in progress on the SS, when I gave up on the SS, nagging me to go out on a limb with it.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 06-08-2018 05:21 AM

Nice job Mark & congrats on the Nova.
Nothing like a good lathe.


-- 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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#6 posted 06-08-2018 06:55 AM


-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 06-08-2018 12:02 PM

Real nice bowl, Mark!. Now you are a member of the NLOC. Nice big chuck jaws . At first I thought it was a Longworth chuck!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#8 posted 06-08-2018 01:09 PM

This is a very nice bowl. Congratulations on the bowl and the lathe.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 06-08-2018 02:20 PM

I’m really happy for you, Mark! So good you actually enjoy turning again.

Beautiful bowl. I really like the shape and the fact that it is very stable. Nice Longworth chuck!

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

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#10 posted 06-08-2018 02:36 PM

Mark, what a beautiful bowl. Isn’t it amazing what skills can be extended by having a better tool to work with. I am sure it was a real process to set the lathe up and get it running like you want it to run. Dealing with that kind of weight is not really a one man job. Only shop owners know how much goes into installing, and maintaining tools. Best of luck as you and your lathe explore new horizons together.

-- Big Al in IN

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

Nice upgrade on the lathe Mark! I used to say I spent half my time trying to improve or maintain the old lathes, now I spend all my time turning with the new one, much more fun. Love the Maple!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#12 posted 06-08-2018 03:09 PM

Nice job Mark. I bet you’re enjoying the new lathe, It’s like getting a new car.

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

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#13 posted 06-08-2018 08:20 PM

Beautiful bowl! and nice lathe. I just got a delta with a reverse switch.. not sure what to do with it yet.

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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#14 posted 06-08-2018 08:29 PM

Mark, Beautiful Bowl. I call wood like you used “Ambrosia Maple” It’s caused by an Ambrosia Beetle that eats into the trees. After it leaves a fungus invades the holes, (thats the black you see around the hole) and then as the sap goes up and down the tree then you get the colored streaks that I’m guessing that you are calling spalting. I’ve gotten a bunch of the lumber over the years and it’s beautiful in use,

Here are some boxes I made with the 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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#15 posted 06-08-2018 08:56 PM

Hi Mark, Great bowl! Nice shape and size and thinness of the rim. You are on the path to success and in case you doubt the whereabouts of your Mojo – the Muse is speaking to you from the wood – take a close look at picture #6 and you will see the outline of the holy grail that you seek. It is a sign my friend, telling you to persevere, your goblet is within reach.

Have a great weekend,


-- Leafherder

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