Bowl, possibly Maple???

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Project by interpim posted 10-11-2010 11:38 PM 1263 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all… here is another one of my bowls which I turned from a downed branch. The branch was sitting under an oak tree, but I am fairly certain that this is not oak LOL.

It appears to me to be maple, and it turned a lot like maple as well.

This bowl is about 3” tall, and 4” in diameter. I sanded it to 800 grit and polished it with Hut white bar.

comments and critiques are welcome.

I am selling my bowls to build up my tool fund :) I am saving for a larger lathe.

This bowl is for sale

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 10-12-2010 12:50 AM

That is a very nice turning. Well done.

Maybe it is just the lighting, but this looks too dark to be maple, especially in the first 3 pictures. My guess (and this is just a guess) is Elm.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 10-12-2010 12:53 AM

the color in the first 3 pics is a bit dark… the last 2 photos are more true to the actual color. what does the bark of an elm look like? I still have some of the branch out in the garage.

-- San Diego, CA

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#3 posted 10-12-2010 01:13 AM

Whatever wood it is, it’s a very nice shape and finish.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 10-12-2010 12:52 PM

I’ve seen mineral stained maple that’s darker than that. Elm has an interlocked grain pattern and cuts fuzzy. At least the elm I’ve tried to turn has been fuzzy. My elm turning was limited because after the first couple of pieces I switched back to maple, apple, pear and cherry.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 10-12-2010 05:54 PM

This didn’t cut fuzzy at all… I’ve turned maple before and this turned very much the same.

-- San Diego, CA

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