Maple Bowl

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 11-19-2018 08:00 AM 733 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The chipped rim in the last photo calls for some explanation. My buffing rag found something to get under. That’s all.

This is the Silver Maple I bagged some time ago and which has become cracked and checked. This bit, though, I was pleased to find, wasn’t punky. It was, however, nicely spalted. This is how a half-log that just barely cleared the lathe ways ended up as a bowl about six inches across and slightly more than an inch deep.

The victim:

And, this is how it got so small.

I’d finished the outside and gone to the hollowing, last night. I got too close to the outside with my lovely new, very sharp, gouge.

I had a really nice ogee going on, so, naughty words were heard.

But, there was no way I was going to scrap such a fantastically pretty piece of wood. So, this evening, I went back into what was left.

You may have noticed in one of the Gallery photos, a circle on the inside, of a sort of embossed nature.
Well, sir, mounted in the Longworth chuck to finish the bottom (I had a recess mount to clean up), I started hearing what sounded like wood that was getting too thin for its own good, so I stopped sanding, and applied my new finishing BFF, Yorkshire Grit and Hampshire Sheen. Then, I removed it from the chuck, having declared that it is done. The moment the bowl got between me and the light, I was awful glad I had stopped when I did. Otherwise, you’d be doing something other than looking at my piffle right now.

Tissue-paper-thin, that is. If one were to push that circle on the inside like a doorbell, it would come right out. My highest esteem is reserved for, among others, those turners who get things that thin on purpose.

And, what of the upper part of the ogee? You know how anal I am about throwing wood away.

It’s still a gorgeous piece of wood. I had filled the cracks with epoxy, and it held up real well. See the fifth photo from the top.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 11-19-2018 12:36 PM

Way to go mark. i know what you mean about accidentally getting too thin in some areas. That brings out creativity!! Nice spalted wood you used!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#2 posted 11-19-2018 02:25 PM

Another beauty!

I really like the profile you ended up with. Love that spalting, too.

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

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#3 posted 11-19-2018 08:14 PM

That’s scary Mark, must be pretty sharp edges where it is so thin. I’m glad I’m more partial to thicker projects, not as much to worry about.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 11-20-2018 12:54 AM

I would have managed for it to be firewood long before that; great work.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Mark Wilson

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#5 posted 11-20-2018 04:45 AM

Thanks, guys. The spalt’s the thing. Why I couldn’t let it go.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 11-24-2018 05:39 AM

nice save cracks and all. This bowl doesn’t look off center.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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