Bowl of Cape Chestnut

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 01-06-2019 04:44 AM 770 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is Cape Chestnut, though, when I laid the stick on the lathe last night, I thought it was Jacaranda.

Crazy Jacarandas. I found one yesterday (January fifeth) that’s started blooming.

I had examined the stick last night. I awakened this morning, having been bitten by the Artist bug. I spent the next nine hours at this piece, as a man possessed.

This is one of the most remarkable Things, ever. Pity is, the Gallery photos don’t do it nearly the justice as the process photos. Not to worry: I have some.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 01-06-2019 05:30 AM

What are you apologizing. For showing us unartistic fellows up. Magnificent post and project. I know you told me how to post pictures like that but am not smart enough to figure it out.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 01-06-2019 05:44 AM

Thanks for the progression shots. Beautiful color and I really like the way you left the outside more natural.

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

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#3 posted 01-06-2019 07:08 AM

Looks so ’’ wild’’’

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 01-06-2019 09:40 AM

Brian: You built an e,elevator in your house. You built your own lathes. Heck. You built your house, I think. And a hydraulic generator to power it. You have about the biggest brain I’m familiar with. Download GIMP, and have fun. Just like breaking in a new pair of shoes, which, I’m pretty certain, you make, too.

Lew and Ivan: Thank you very much. I only wish you could see it up=close. I don’t mind saying that it’s one of my best. And, it was only on the lathe for none hours, instead of nine weeks.

This really was inspired by Brother Al (Furtado). He dies wacky stuff like this all the time - with videos. He also comes up with some pretty wicked ways of finishing the bottoms of such Things. I’m not quite there, yet. Almost. Just, not quite yet. Mostly, I guess, his fearlessness about it all has rubbed off on me.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 01-06-2019 01:53 PM

Hi Mark

I dub this one Dream Bowl. Why you ask? Let me explain.

You examined the stick then went to sleep and awoke with inspiration – the spirit of the wood was speaking to you in your dreams.

Picture 1 looks like an alien from a nightmare (I see three eyes and a gaping maw). But as so often happens in dreams the image morphs…

.. Pictures 2 and 3 have become a bird sitting on a nest – is it a Robin heralding Spring or a Wren about to delight us with its beautiful song? Both symbols of hope and renewal as we start a new year.

Pictures 4 and 5 are morphing again as we wake from the dream…no monsters here, nor birds just a piece of wood reminding us that there is nothing to fear as beauty can be found in the most common of objects if we only let our dreams be our guide.

Thank you, and I am the one who should apologize for having the audacity to tell you what to name your creation.


-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 01-06-2019 02:53 PM

Mark, I went out and bought the new Websters Collegiate Dictionary and looked up silk purse out of sows ear and there was a picture of your bowl.
There’s nothing left to say -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#7 posted 01-06-2019 05:15 PM

That was one ugly piece of wood you started with Mark, hard to believe you got a neat bowl out of it. Love the colours!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#8 posted 01-06-2019 05:35 PM

Nice piece of art, Mark!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#9 posted 01-06-2019 06:38 PM

Awesome work Mark! Love that hunk of nice looking mother nature!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 01-06-2019 07:05 PM

Glad to see that you finally are out of the box! Look out world, here come’s greatness!
The pieces are fantastic!

The Bootman, speaketh!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#11 posted 01-06-2019 10:14 PM

That looks like a tricky one Mark, great result

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

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#12 posted 01-07-2019 03:09 AM

you are a turner possessed my friend,your half crazy and half genius when it comes to taking a hunk of wood most would throw in the fire.once again my hat is of to you my friend,just gorgeous.

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

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