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Project by Mark Wilson posted 03-11-2019 10:03 PM 542 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I turned, and set aside, this bowl months ago. Not because it was wet, and that’s the thing, evidently, to do. I set it aside because I could not, at the time, make the inside smooth to save my life. I started this bowl on the Shopsmith. I had, apparently, filled the cracks from the outside with CA or Epoxy. I don’t recall.

Now, my tools are sharper, better, newer, and, best of all, my lathe is much better.

It’s Peach, this bowl. It has a live edge, this bowl. Almost all the bark stayed on this bowl. I like it a lot. It’s finished in YG and HS. It’s 6” diameter and 5” tall. And, since you asked how I did such a swell job on the bottom.

I went ball shopping this morning.

That’s right. Wilson got balls.

I tried one of the rubber ones.

Squashed it on with the tailstock.

Squashed it some more.

Then, a little more.

It wasn’t holding firmly enough. So I tried the Styrofoam half-ball.

That worked, though I had to be really gentle.) I turned a tenon on this, and, of course, put the bowl over the round side.)

I even signed it on the lathe.

After I photographed it, out on the logpile, I took it in the house and handed it to VOD. He says, “That’s nice.”

I said, “Turn it around and examine it. Get a good look. Feel how smooth it is.”

He turned it upside-down, and I saw something familiar. I knew, immediately, what it was. I walked across the room, picked this, and showed him.

Apparently, I have a thing for that shape.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark





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pottz

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#1 posted 03-11-2019 10:55 PM

im glad you got back to it,that came out beautifully,i love the live edge also.very nice work buddy,but i expect no less.

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

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leafherder

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#2 posted 03-11-2019 11:04 PM

Cool bowl! I know you are not fond of me comparing your work to science fiction movies but picture number three reminds me of that Space Slug that tries to eat the Millenium Falcon in Star Wars. LOL

Glad you finally got the balls to finish this one. (Hey, somebody was going to say it.)

Great job, beautiful finish, and absolutely nothing wrong with revisiting a familiar shape – all the best artists did it. Look at how many times Monet painted water lilies, or all of the times Remington sculpted a horse, or all of the times that I. M. Pei built a steel and glass tower.

Thanks for sharing,

John

-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 03-11-2019 11:11 PM

Very beautiful. Lovely work.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 03-11-2019 11:14 PM

Nice work, Mark…Cheers, Jim

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

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#5 posted 03-11-2019 11:27 PM



Cool bowl! I know you are not fond of me comparing your work to science fiction movies but picture number three reminds me of that Space Slug that tries to eat the Millenium Falcon in Star Wars. LOL

Glad you finally got the balls to finish this one. (Hey, somebody was going to say it.)

Great job, beautiful finish, and absolutely nothing wrong with revisiting a familiar shape – all the best artists did it. Look at how many times Monet painted water lilies, or all of the times Remington sculpted a horse, or all of the times that I. M. Pei built a steel and glass tower.

Thanks for sharing,

John

- leafherder


hey i wanted too say it but i didn’t have the balls either-lol.

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

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lew

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#6 posted 03-11-2019 11:55 PM

Really lovely, Mark

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

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#7 posted 03-12-2019 12:40 AM

I really like this one allot Mark! That live edge looks fantastic! Great work!

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

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#8 posted 03-12-2019 12:43 AM

Hey Mark, That is really beautiful, love the shape and the Peach wood.
Great finish.
I got some YG and HS last week but haven’t had the balls to try it yet. I do my natural edge bottoms by hand. LOL

Cheers mate.

Bob

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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Mark Wilson

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#9 posted 03-12-2019 01:25 AM

Thank you all, very much.
Honorable Bob: That’s what I’ve been doing, mostly. But, on this piece, the bottom is very concave. I’m pretty sure I’d have messed up the bottom edge.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 03-12-2019 03:26 AM

Great work Mark. I like the peach blanks too. The bark does seem to hold on to them well. I like your idea of the rubber ball, I’ll have to try it.

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

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Mark Wilson

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#11 posted 03-12-2019 10:29 AM

No No, Dave. The rubber one didn’t work. The Styrofoam half-sphere is what I used.

-- Mark

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doubleDD

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#12 posted 03-12-2019 02:41 PM

Mark, still learning how to read. LOL. I wonder if the rubber ball would work better if it didn’t have a finish on it. I’ll have to try both. Thanks for getting me in the right direction.

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

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luv2learn

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#13 posted 03-12-2019 03:23 PM

Love the live edge Mark. Nicely done!!

-- 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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#14 posted 04-01-2019 12:28 AM

Nice one Mark.

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

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