Another Mesquite Bowl

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Project by magicgil posted 08-01-2019 12:42 AM 542 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found this chunk of mesquite laying around at the sawmill and snagged it from my buddy. He said it had been there for quite a few years. It was hard as a rock! This is the second largest bowl I have ever carved. It’s about 17 inches long, 12 inches wide, and 10 inches tall. Once again, who would have thought that such beauty was inside an old gray stump.This one was a little difficult to figure out where I was going with it at first. I listened to it for quite some time, and it didn’t say a dang thing, so I just tore into it. Turned out pretty cool I think.

-- Gil, Houston,TX,

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#1 posted 08-01-2019 03:25 AM

If I was a piece of aged Mesquite, I don’t know what I would say either.

That’s a great bowl !

-- derek / oregon

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#2 posted 08-01-2019 05:38 AM

I would never figure that was made that way if you didn’t post all those pictures . When I saw a piece like that I always thought it was turned on a lathe, but could never understand how it was done. Really came out beautiful.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#3 posted 08-01-2019 06:16 AM

Looks like a conch shell

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#4 posted 08-01-2019 06:18 AM

That’s really something, Gil. You got a kind of a conch thing going on. Almost. I gotta get out to the desert and collect up some Mesquite for my lathe.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 08-01-2019 07:08 AM

Looks like a conch shell


I thought the same when I saw the thumbnail pic. It sure didn’t look like wood. That is awesome.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 08-01-2019 10:17 AM

Great bowl.

-- Petey

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#7 posted 08-01-2019 11:38 AM

Absolutely beautiful

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#8 posted 08-01-2019 01:49 PM

Looks fantastic! Well done!



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#9 posted 08-01-2019 01:57 PM

I wish I had half of your creative vision.

Firewood, museum art—a fine line indeed.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#10 posted 08-01-2019 02:14 PM

it may not have spoke in the beginning but it sure is speaking to me now,and it’s saying beautiful things.that is simply gorgeous gil.

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

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#11 posted 08-01-2019 03:35 PM

Thank you all again for your kind comments.

-- Gil, Houston,TX,

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#12 posted 08-01-2019 06:39 PM


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

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#13 posted 08-01-2019 06:54 PM

A Beautiful bowl and the fact that you did it without a lathe has inspired me – I have some well dried chunks of wood that I have been holding onto until they told me what they wanted to be and now I think I might here one or two calling my name. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#14 posted 08-01-2019 10:00 PM

Holy smokes that is beautiful! Well done!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#15 posted 08-07-2019 03:15 PM

I’m a little late to the dance here, but that is one beautiful bowl. Some of the best grain I have seen and the finish makes everything pop. Nice that all this came from an old chunk of waste wood. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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