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Project by Mark Wilson posted 03-14-2019 05:02 AM 274 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The victim is a stick of Jacaranda.

The bottom right shows that I wrapped tape around the stick to give me a guide for sawing. I wanted to come close to opposite the angle on the end. The vision was a bowl.

You can see that my options for placement between centers is limited. I managed okay.

I got a shape that pleased my eye. The thing I didn’t much care for was that almost all the “show face” on this is end grain. The true loveliness of Jacaranda is in its face grain. I sanded to 600, and determined that the finish would be simple. I also determined that this Thing would need something to sit on. So I found another Jacaranda stick.

My intent was to create a post in the base that would fit into the pin jaw hole in the bottom of the bowl. It didn’t fit well. It didn’t matter because the wackiness on the bottom of the bowl in the vicinity of the hole demanded some accommodation.

It sits in there nicely. I may or may not affix it permanently.

The base, when I got the shape I wanted, had feet upon which to stand. However, it also had a big bulge between the feet, kinda like a loaded diaper. I took it to the belt sander and cleaned it up. The base also had a pin jaw hole in it. This, I plugged with a bit of Camphor.

The finish, as I said, would be simple. A few coats of rattle-can lacquer. The bowl is 4-1/2” X 3” and the base is 7” long X 3-1/4” tapering down to 2-3/4”. The fact that the whole shebang leans over was, honest, intentional.

That vestigial branch business that looks a little like Cleveland’s Indian presented a problem that I addressed by drooling Epoxy down the back of his head while I was shaping the outside of the bowl.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark





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BobWemm

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#1 posted 03-14-2019 06:02 AM

Thinking outside the box is what I like.

Great result.

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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#2 posted 03-14-2019 10:22 AM

Pretty cool stuff came out from your lumber rack

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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leafherder

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#3 posted 03-14-2019 11:54 AM

Very interesting, a bit amorphous, good balance of rough and polished textures, rustic but with an Art Nouveau style of flowing forms. Good job!

-- Leafherder

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lew

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#4 posted 03-14-2019 12:46 PM

Man, the bark on that Jacaranda really holds on well while turning! It is really beautiful, Mark.

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

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pottz

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#5 posted 03-14-2019 01:32 PM

the things you turn on a lathe always impresses me,and would would scare the hell out of me-lol.nice piece buddy.

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

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#6 posted 03-14-2019 06:05 PM

Cool work, Mark. It could be a banana bowl with a bit more turning.

Cheers, Jim

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

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 03-15-2019 12:05 AM

Not just making shavings but creating art. Well done job.

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

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bushmaster

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#8 posted 03-15-2019 02:46 AM

you are amazing what you can do with wood That starts out ugly.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Mark Wilson

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#9 posted 03-15-2019 05:29 AM

“Art is the signature of Man.”

GK Chesterton said that in connection with a discussion of cave drawings. In short, the point was that, whatever else caveman did in his cave, he had a thing for depicting the world around him in a creative way. While we see man drawing reindeer and such on the cave walls, we’ve yet to discover paintings on cave walls that were placed there by reindeer, and such. Art, among several other, not insignificant things, is what sets Man apart from the others with whom we share this crazy planet We’re the oddballs here.

-- Mark

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Mark Wilson

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#10 posted 03-15-2019 05:34 AM

Jim: Don’t you think the world has enough banana bowls, for the time being? I know I do.

Brian: You flatter me. But, I gotta say, every time I think of you, I think, Here’s a guy who built an elevator in his house, complimenting my work. Seriously. I’m thinking of having my epitaph read, “I knew a guy who built an elevator in his house.” It’s in the running with, “I told you I wasn’t feeling well.”

-- Mark

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leafherder

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#11 posted 03-16-2019 02:17 AM



“Art is the signature of Man.”

GK Chesterton said that in connection with a discussion of cave drawings. In short, the point was that, whatever else caveman did in his cave, he had a thing for depicting the world around him in a creative way. While we see man drawing reindeer and such on the cave walls, we ve yet to discover paintings on cave walls that were placed there by reindeer, and such. Art, among several other, not insignificant things, is what sets Man apart from the others with whom we share this crazy planet We re the oddballs here.

- Mark Wilson

Silly Mark, Reindeer couldn’t create cave art because reindeer don’t live in caves. Bear and tigers live in caves but I don’t think I want to be going in there to look for art. LOL

-- Leafherder

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Mark Wilson

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#12 posted 03-16-2019 05:43 AM

John, you’re funny. But, could it be that the real reason is that they have no thumbs?

-- Mark

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#13 posted 03-16-2019 03:32 PM

My mind was in a twist looking at this but I think I’m ok now. Looks Good Mark! LOL!

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

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