Simple Walnut Bowl

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Project by Picken5 posted 02-24-2019 11:45 PM 633 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past summer I helped a friend do some fix-ups at the house where he and his family were living. (They didn’t own this house, but the owner was cutting them a deal if they did some repairs and upgrades while they lived there.) When we were done, my friend said he had some pieces of walnut I may be interested in. His (or his wife’s) father or grandfather (obviously, I’m kinda fuzzy on the details) used to make gun stocks etc and had some leftover walnut. Well, there were 3 pieces — one was just shy of 3 inches thick, about 8” wide and 2-1/2 feet long. The other two were smaller (only 2-1/4 thick), and he said I could have them if I wanted them. It took me nearly a whole second before I said, “Sure, I’ll take them off your hands.” Fast forward to now, and my friend just bought a house in another part of town and he and family moved in last week. I cut off a chunk of the walnut he gave me and turned the bowl above to give them as a house warming gift. (I also thought it would be a nice thank-you for the walnut.) It’s about 7-3/4” in diameter and about 2-3/8” tall. After sanding and a coat of sanding sealer, I finished it with friction polish.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#1 posted 02-25-2019 02:36 AM

Pretty bowl – I’m a big fan of walnut. Neat to be able to give this gift from the wood originally given to you.

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#2 posted 02-25-2019 11:40 AM


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#3 posted 02-26-2019 04:15 AM

That is so beautiful!!

-- Turning perfectly good wood into sawdust and kindling since 1990.

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#4 posted 03-14-2019 10:53 PM

What a great house warming gift, especially with the history of the walnut that went into it. Beautiful piece of work—the wood; the shape; the finish; the whole package! It will be treasured, I’m sure.

-- Larry

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