ITS DONE, BOWL WITH ARTWORK. Been along time coming.

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Project by bushmaster posted 06-09-2019 12:06 AM 895 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project has been along time in the thinking stage, Lathe work was quite straight forward. I wanted to do a square bowl, have Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian Art in the center, and a decoration around the outside resembling abalonie. The theory was simple. I had purchase a book last year as an aid, the art work is basically two form, Ovoids and U shapes, and parts there of. by combining these shapes one can come up with interesting art work. The area where I live is predominately Native as was the school where I taught.
I wanted to do an eagle, want and do is to different things. Try, change and start over. What I did is in not way professional, but I was pleased with my attempt.
The Book

The wood, YELLOW CEDAR, 13 inch square from this slab.

Bottom shaped first and then attached to the chuck, this large piece of wood with the four corners created alot of wind. One had to be real cautious to stay clear of it

Shaped the front and outlined the ring where color was to go.

Mask it off and paint Black

Apply color. When I was videotaping this project I had the function switch in the wrong position, and missed this step. this is what I wanted to demonstrate the most. Since then a lathed another one and a video will be included in the next project.

Design some sort of art work for the center, this is what I did. May not be perfect but this project may be displayed on my wall for my enjoyment.

My next project will be of the thunderbird, simuliar shape to the one on the cover of the book, I think that one my be a raven.

Thanks for looking, comments are appreciated on this one, good or bad.

Come and visit the Ksan Village in Old Hazelton, view, buy art and attend the cultural center. Traditional dances etc.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 06-09-2019 12:17 AM

very nice work, I’m speachless, keep on the lathe going you are good at it.

-- andrek

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#2 posted 06-09-2019 12:18 AM

Very nicely done Brian.
The artwork looks great with that beautiful blue ring as highlight.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#3 posted 06-09-2019 01:06 AM

That is very novel bushie.

Gallery picture #6 confirms my choice of not turning bowls. I’m lazy and hate cleaning up even more… after several bowls I’d have trouble finding the workshop under all those shavings let alone the lathe.

However, you finishing has caught my attention. Maybe it’s in the video, but no link so I can only beg the question(s) here…
What filler did you use and how was it cleaned up.
How was the eagle applied? Hand painted, inlaid, stencilled?

PS. Lucky it’s destined for a wall hanging, otherwise the kiddies would be screaming,”animal crackers in my soup”!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#4 posted 06-09-2019 01:12 AM

simply one beautiful bowl Brian GREAT JOB :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 06-09-2019 01:44 AM


I will not have a video till the next one, where I apply the color ring. Done with iridescent paint and air pressure. the drawing was penciled in first by hand and then colored with felt pens. What I learned here as one needs to seal the wood first. My hands are not steady under pressure so it is hard to get sharp lines. Looks OK at a distance.
p.s. The pictures are actually of the next one, there was no knot in the first one, if that what you asked about the filler. Had not taken pictures when I was lathing the first one, just was having too much fun and forgot.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Tucker Grose

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#6 posted 06-09-2019 05:07 AM

Pretty cool!

-- Tucker - Hazelton, BC, Canada

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#7 posted 06-09-2019 05:29 AM

Thid is realy incredible combinatio… Never tried that technic of decorating wood

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 06-09-2019 06:47 AM

That’s awesome Brian! The Yellow Cedar was a perfect choice for this project.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 06-09-2019 08:11 AM

Very nice work. I like it.

-- Bernard Delaey, Belgium -

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#10 posted 06-09-2019 10:47 AM

Hay, I think it is VERY cool.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 06-09-2019 01:05 PM

What an interesting piece of art. I like the native indian art especially the out ring to look like abalone. That for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#12 posted 06-09-2019 07:19 PM

Very nice Brian.


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#13 posted 06-09-2019 10:14 PM

Brilliant work Brian & congrats on your top 3 award.

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

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James E McIntyre

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#14 posted 06-09-2019 11:49 PM

Beautiful piece of art.
Wish I could see how you made the other ring blue and green colors.
But I’ll have to wait until your next project.
I wouldn’t sell it. You probably would regret it. Unless you make a better one first.

-- James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 06-10-2019 01:52 AM

Sorry about being behind on the comments here, Brian!

They said it so well before me there is very little to add.

Your work is becoming the standard that the rest of hope eventually to come close too!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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