Mystery wood, live edge bowl

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Project by Raftermonkey posted 11-14-2010 10:29 PM 2172 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a lovely piece of “mystery wood” that I picked up after the railroad people trimmed/cut some trees along some of the tracks that run through town. I have no idea what it is so I encourage you to give your best guess. It doesn’t really turn worth a crap so I’ll prolly see how the rest of the log does in the chiminea,haha. It is 8” long, 5 3/8” wide and 3” tall on the high sides. As of right now the finish consists of two coats of BLO and one coat of shellac.

Thanks for looking,


-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#1 posted 11-14-2010 10:48 PM

Going by the growth rings its a quick grower, looks like the BLO has wicked a bit into the “ring” lines, being sap wood also would’t help. as for species, well I don’t know anything about your trees up there.
always fun to turn an outside chunk of a tree, this piece is a nice shape

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 11-14-2010 11:00 PM

Nice design.
Will it stay stable drying?


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 11-15-2010 12:46 AM

Looks like a willow or lombardy tree “no good for fuel wood” grows very fast and the center is always of a brown color

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#4 posted 11-15-2010 01:50 AM

Love the shape of this bowl.
Very nice turning,
I think the wood looks good for bowls.


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#5 posted 11-15-2010 05:16 AM

Love the shape and the wood as Lisa mentioned looks good for this project. pity about the lack of ability of this particular wood to turn nicely for you. It’s not all that enjoyable to work with but makes you really appreciate your persistance in the end!

-- Theresa,

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#6 posted 11-16-2010 02:41 AM

nice job.

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

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#7 posted 11-16-2010 05:13 AM

I’d second the guess for willow. The pieces that I’ve gotten hold of are sort of “squishy” and won’t scrape worth a flip. If you’re going to just hog out a shape with a gouge, you can get away with a bit, but don’t count on being able to get a fine finish out of it.

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#8 posted 11-16-2010 01:46 PM

Robert, that is exactly the way it acted when I was using my round nose scraper. I turned it between centers and the bowl would just stop while the spur center kept on going. It may be a bad habit, but I like using the round nose scraper better than I do anything. It just feels like I’ve got more control and have less catches.



-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#9 posted 11-16-2010 02:32 PM

Zeke, Your bowls are very nice. Nice design, nice finish. I especially like the fact that you use discarded wood. Its amazing what can be found in firewood and the like. You bring out the best in the wood.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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