Carved Mesquite Bowl

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Project by magicgil posted 07-19-2019 01:46 AM 1296 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had this chunk of Mesquite laying around for quite a while. Wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. I finally started carving on it and was surprised at how beautiful the grain was when I was finished. You never know what might be inside of Mesquite.

-- Cogito, Igitur, sculpo

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#1 posted 07-19-2019 01:47 AM

Simply beautiful!

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#2 posted 07-19-2019 02:42 AM

Great job of carving!

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#3 posted 07-19-2019 04:22 AM

Fantastic bowl and beautiful wood grain.
Great job!

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#4 posted 07-19-2019 10:54 AM

Excellent job of carving.

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#5 posted 07-19-2019 11:10 AM

I guess I’m confused – does carving refer to a knife job or a lathe job ? Either way amounts to a lot of pucker time.

Beautiful hunk of lumber no matter how you did it

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#6 posted 07-19-2019 03:35 PM


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#7 posted 07-19-2019 03:59 PM

People talk about letting the wood tell you what it wants to be.
When I first looked at your pics, I had to toggle between the before and after several times to try to see what you saw before you started cutting.

You did a wonderful job with this log which most would consider firewood.
Excellent work!

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#8 posted 07-19-2019 04:27 PM

Wow! I would love to hear more about your carving technique—tools, process, etc.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#9 posted 07-19-2019 05:03 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Gill. Very nice work on your bow.

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

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#10 posted 07-19-2019 05:10 PM

Wow! I would love to hear more about your carving technique—tools, process, etc.

- Lazyman

Beautiful work.
Ditto lazyman’s post.

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#11 posted 07-19-2019 06:40 PM

Well done with a very hard wood!



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#12 posted 07-19-2019 08:02 PM

Thank you all for your kind comments. I thought that I would elaborate on the process of carving the bowl. I started out with an electric chainsaw to remove some of the wood and to shorten the longest limb on the log. Then I went to my angle grinder with an Arbortech Industrial Woodcarver blade to shape the outside and remove the bulk of the inside. I also used an Arbortech Ball Gouge on the grinder to shape the inside. After that I used a King Arthur Medium Grit Holy Galahad blade on the grinder to get the carving marks removed throughout the bowl. Then it was the Arbortech Mini Grider with a medium wheel to finesse the shape inside and out. I guess you can tell I’m a real Arbortech fan. Then , of course, lots of sanding. I hate hand sanding, so I have collected about every sanding device known to man. Thank goodness for lazy people that come up with easier ways to sand wood! I start with 80 grit and then 120,220,320,400 and stop after 600. I use a hand rub finish I make myself. This is the first bowl I’ve made with the bark left on the edge. Hard to do with Mesquite. I’m glad you all liked it and thanks again for the nice comments.

-- Cogito, Igitur, sculpo

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#13 posted 07-19-2019 11:43 PM

Very beautiful wood grain. Hard to believe it came from that ugly looking chunk you started with. Excellent job !!! Mel

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#14 posted 07-20-2019 10:47 AM

Gil, wow that is a work of art!

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#15 posted 07-20-2019 11:40 AM

Very nice, Gil!

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