Gnarly Live Oak Platter and Bowl

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Project by Lazyman posted 10-16-2019 03:05 PM 522 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t post many of the bowls and things I turn but this piece of live oak had such an interesting grain that I could not resist. It came from a piece of crotch that had a really gnarly, twisted grain and some bark inclusions that left voids that I filled with a brass (platter) and bronze (bowl) mixed with epoxy. I sanded to about 2000 grit and finished with Mylands Friction polish. Both are around 8” across.

While live oak can be pretty tough to turn because it is one of the hardest native woods, these pieces turned beautifully and the shavings came off in 12” plus long ribbons.

The platter was a bonus for a guy who paid me way too much to turn him a screwdriver handle and the bowl was made as a donation to an auction to raise money for the Texas Forestry Association Project Learning Tree.

-- 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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#1 posted 10-16-2019 03:27 PM

That really is an interesting couple pieces of lumber. The grain pattern is eye catching for sure, nice job

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 10-16-2019 03:32 PM

That turned out real nice! I turned a few pens out of Oak and yup, can be a challange!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 10-16-2019 03:34 PM

Wow, so much character in those pieces. The bronze and brass infill? is great. Those are some very cool turnings.

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#4 posted 10-16-2019 03:41 PM

Nice work Nathan. That’s a good looking piece of Live Oak. The imperfections really set it apart!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 10-16-2019 04:10 PM

The color variations are striking.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 10-16-2019 05:11 PM

The bronze and brass fillings came out very nice Nathan! Good looking turnings.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#7 posted 10-16-2019 06:35 PM

man those are just awesome,that oak is spectacular.very nice work.

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

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#8 posted 10-16-2019 07:17 PM

I have some live oak drying curtisy of Irma, I hope I can find something as nice as those, as well as do it justice as you have.

-- Petey

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#9 posted 10-16-2019 08:36 PM

Thanks guys. These might be some of my favorite turned pieces so far. I’ll definitely be looking for some more live oak crotches. LO is my favorite wood for making mallets too because it so hard and dense, even though it can be a little on the boring side compared to the more exotice stuff often used for mallets; that is, unless you find something with grain like this.

-- 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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#10 posted 10-17-2019 01:22 AM

Crazy fun grain, Nathan! Beautiful bowls!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 10-17-2019 02:47 AM

Beautiful work with Live Oak.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 10-17-2019 11:42 PM

Great grain and the finish makes it pop. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#13 posted 10-18-2019 12:22 AM

Thanks Mel, Swirt and Dave.

-- 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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#14 posted 10-20-2019 06:09 AM

Oak looks fantastic…as well as that platter shape.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 10-22-2019 04:20 AM

Love the wood grain on both of them

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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