A Small Bowl

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 05-12-2019 11:56 PM 917 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This, I thought, was my last bit of Jacaranda. I was wrong. For I climbed up the shelf and found, to my amazement, that there are a few sticks left. Very skinny sticks. I’m not even sure they’re fat enough to make goblets. And Jacaranda’s nowhere near hard enough to made a tool handle of it. In any case, this was the last little chunk of it I had.

Make note of the lower left photo. You see the shape of a sideways pomegranate? I knew there would be something fascinating behind that. I was right. A repeat of Gallery photo #1 shows it. The appearance of the figure folding in on itself like a couple of sand dunes is what I’m talking about, of course. And the chatoyance is stunning, in motion. That’s the “money shot.”

The wondrous thing, the perplexing thing, about this Jacaranda is that it seems to be the only wood among all the orphaned tree pieces I’ve collected that hasn’t cracked. Nor does this piece seem to have any pith to speak of. Wonderful stuff, this Jacaranda. I want more.

I made some photos on the lathe, in case I screwed it up.

I made one more photo, of the bottom. I’ll keep it this way til I decide whether to put a plug in it or make some kind of stand for the bowl.

It’s very small (not as small as the Things you’ve been treated to, lately). It’s about 3” tall. I finished this with BLO/Shellac.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 05-13-2019 12:14 AM

Beautiful grain in this one!!

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

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#2 posted 05-13-2019 01:25 AM

I like the indented impression it gives . Nice job.

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

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#3 posted 05-13-2019 02:51 AM

Awesome grain. 3”, and it still has most of that live edge bark. I’d a blown that off in about 2 seconds, Oooooppps. Nice piece, looks great.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 05-13-2019 03:01 AM

Stunning bowl – that chatoyance is beautiful (and I’m sure it looks even better in person).

So what are you waiting for? Go follow those tree trimming trucks to get some more!

Have a great week!

-- Leafherder

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Mark Wilson

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#5 posted 05-13-2019 03:22 AM

Thanks, fellas.

Dave: Yeah. That’s what I’n talking about. Sand dunes.

Steve: If the bark is well-attached, as long as you don’t come up underneath of it, it’ll stay. When it’s not terribly well-attached, I help it with some CA. Ir, if I want a shiny bark, I’ll slather it WOP.

John: I have to catch them in the act, within reach of my chainsaw and my pickup.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 05-13-2019 03:44 AM

Beautiful grain, has a 3-D affect to it. Great job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#7 posted 05-13-2019 05:38 AM

Never say never… Good job

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 05-13-2019 11:38 AM

Nice one 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 05-13-2019 02:37 PM

beautiful bowl i love the bark edge.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#10 posted 05-13-2019 10:47 PM

Congratulations on the DT3 award Mork
I suspect the award will possibly lead to more interested LJ’s wanting to see your workshop tee hee

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 05-14-2019 03:58 AM

Well done.

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

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#12 posted 05-28-2019 08:00 AM

Such mesmerizing grains and you were lucky enough to still find those last few sticks off your storage shelves. Look at how Mother Nature can achieve such beauty without even trying so much. There are too many items in my mind that I can think of that this piece would be perfect for.

-- Thomas Maloney -

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