Cape Chestnut Bowl

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 10-21-2018 08:38 AM 840 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

IMHO, this Cape Chestnut is (there isn’t a naughty enough descriptor) ridiculously, unnecessarily pretty.
I’ve procured a few new tools lately. The newest being the one that arrived today whilst I was out, and, with which I finished up this piece. It’s a Hurricane 3/8 spindle gouge. I had no idea how badly I needed a new one of those. With that, and one of the other new tools, I got a doggone near finish-ready surface on the inside of this in less than a half hour. This is inspiring.
The other new “tool” that arrived today, I’ve waited a month for. And, oh boy, am I impressed. Yorkshire Grit and Hampshire Sheen. (Thank you, Brother Mike Waldt, for turning me onto that stuff.) That’s the finish you see here. Yesterday, I got to working on the flat face, visible in photo 1. I sanded the snot out of it, all the way through my Micromesh, and rubbed CA on it, to shine it up. I topped that, tonight, with the newly-acquired, Yorkshire Grit and Hampshire Sheen, before doing the hollowing. Here’s what that looks like, up close:

This wood has done something to me. Alas and alack, I have so very little of it left. I know of only a few of these trees around here, and they all belong to the County.

And, just as a side note, I’d like, while I have your attention, to disabuse you of the notion that Southern California has no Fall Colors.

Can’t touch the show New England puts on, but, nonetheless, there’s a certain beauty in subtlety, I think.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

I’m thinking I might now re-mount the big Maple bowl I set aside a few weeks ago and see what my new tools may make of it.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 10-21-2018 09:34 AM

very nice ,Mark
Thanks for beauty of nature

-- bambi

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#2 posted 10-21-2018 09:39 AM

That is beautiful Mark! I’m really new to turning. How do you do it to keep the bark on? Did you turn it green or dry? I just love the grain patterns on the inside. I also just picked up some new carbide inserts from AZCarbide and made a new lathe tool. I’m real impressed with how nicely they cut.

-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#3 posted 10-21-2018 12:48 PM

The bowl bowls me over Mark (Hey, somebody had to say it.) Great job, primitive, primal, almost pre-historic with its chunky proportions and live edges that highlight the beauty of the grain.

As for the Fall Colors – lovely, but I think that is the only form of subtlety you’ll find in Southern California. :-)

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#4 posted 10-21-2018 01:10 PM

This one sure has it’s own personality. Bringing it to life has released the beauty of it. Well done Mark.

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

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#5 posted 10-21-2018 02:09 PM

Nicely done Mark. The grain pattern is beautiful.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 10-21-2018 03:03 PM

You do marvels with the most ugly pieces of wood, turning into priceless art pieces. All the leaves on our tree have turned and fallen off. nice while they lasted.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 10-21-2018 03:54 PM

Nice work, Mark. You brought out the beauty there!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#8 posted 10-21-2018 05:06 PM

I think this one of your most interesting pieces yet.

I have not tried the Yorkshire grit but have heard nothing but good things about it.

Enjoy the fall colors. Our wet, warm Pennsylvania summer/fall has virtually assured a muted, disappointing display of colors.

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

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#9 posted 10-21-2018 06:58 PM

You did and said a whole lot of stuff there that I know nothing about. Thank you. The bowl is beautiful. P.S. I live in s fla. green all the time. I do love fall, what you can get of it anyplace.

-- Petey

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#10 posted 10-21-2018 09:30 PM

sweet job Mark :)

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

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#11 posted 10-21-2018 10:15 PM

That one must have been quite a challenge Mark.

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

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#12 posted 10-22-2018 02:56 AM

The bowl bowls me over Mark (Hey, somebody had to say it.) Great job, primitive, primal, almost pre-historic with its chunky proportions and live edges that highlight the beauty of the grain.

As for the Fall Colors – lovely, but I think that is the only form of subtlety you ll find in Southern California. :-)

Thanks for posting.

- leafherder

ditto leaf and yeah somebody had to say it-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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