Russian Olive Bowl #1

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 11-12-2019 08:51 PM 483 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl is from a box of wood that was sent to me by a Beloved Buddy. It was marked “Russian Olive,” along with the year it was cut. It was a long time ago, it was very dry, and, it was cracked radially. I filled the cracks with Famowood Glaze Coat resin, with some shiny color added. I had created a dam, of sorts, using silicone, before I poured in the resin.

Well, sir. The silicone leaked. A mess was made. Much resin was wasted. Mostly, much resin was wasted because 1) I mixed far too much, and, B) I stepped aside, letting the cup of resin stand, whilst I fetched up the caulking gun with silicone to plug the leak, and, when I returned to the cup the resin had hardened.

I may have learned from this, my first try with this stuff, a couple things. 1) Don’t go overboard with the amount, and, B) Use some other containment method.

I’ve watched some more videos wherein different methods of containment were employed. I shall, with Russian Olive Bowl #2, be attempting one, or more, of those methods. Most importantly, and more to the point, I shall be using a pressure pot.

Yesterday, I wandered into Harbor Freight and purchased a 2-1/2 gallon pressure pot. I brought it home, put it together, with some fittings that I had to purchase separately, and tested it. Well, doggone it, the thing leaked at the safety valve. Today, I took that one back, after removing the fittings, and now, I have, behind me, on the floor, the, as yet, unopened box containing a new pressure pot, which, when I’m done with this piffle writing, I will assemble and test.

(No photo here. You know what a box looks like.)

This Russian Olive, and, I do believe it’s Russian Olive, because that’s what John said it is, looked, to me, a lot like Redwood. But, inasmuch as they don’t have Redwoods in Ohio, we’ll go ahead and say it’s Russian Olive. Besides which, Redwood doesn’t have that cream-colored outer layer.

This is a photo of #s 1 & 2, together.

When I get to #2 (after filling the cracks properly, using the pressure pot – assuming the new one doesn’t leak), I’m going to try to figure out some design whereby I may preserve some of that outer layer, at least as a live edge. I haven’t yet given it any thought , really, so don’t hold your breath.

It’s finished with a combination of Shellac, Yorkshire Grit, and Hampshire Sheen. I plan to do a much better finishing job on #2. Number 2 isn’t ready for my attention, yet. It may be some weeks. I don’t now. I’m in a flaky way, right now. For now, I’ve re-mounted a rough-turned bowl of Ficus, from last March, which I filled with the same resin at the same time. Let’s see what comes of that, shall we?

The bottom of #1, sans signature.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 11-12-2019 09:23 PM

And a fun time was had by all 8^)

Glad you pressed through, that bowl looks wonderful, the squat stance is really nice, much more useful for everyday use verses a tall and narrow unit.

The local russian olive doesn’t have that distinct sapwood layer but everything else looks familiar (hows the smell?)

With a pressure pot it sound like you are diving into resin work, wish you success and luck!

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James E McIntyre

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#2 posted 11-12-2019 09:38 PM

Nice job Mark. The turquoise color works well with the olive’s reddish brown. The use oft the sap wood on the brim was a nice touch.

-- James E McIntyre

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#3 posted 11-12-2019 10:15 PM

That is lovely, Mark!

I have used modeling clay as a barrier for Alumilite. It worked pretty good.

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

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#4 posted 11-12-2019 10:16 PM

Отличная работа, товарищ

-- Regards Rob

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Mark Wilson

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#5 posted 11-12-2019 11:33 PM

Отличная работа, товарищ

- robscastle

благодарю вас

(I don’t know why we’re doing this.)

-- Mark

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#6 posted 11-13-2019 12:13 AM

What a BEAUTIFUL bowl! I do believe the learning experience was worth it – turning really brought out the beauty of the grain, the color combination with the resin is great and the segmented rim is a fantastic touch. Puts me in mind of Native American ceramics from the Southwest.

Thanks for sharing and stop apologizing.

PS. There ARE Redwoods in Ohio – not native but Dawn Redwoods grow here – botanical name Metasequoia – google it. There is one in the yard of a private residence just two blocks from my house and the local arboretum has a specimen or two, lovely stately trees that are very slow growing but withstand our weather very well.

-- Leafherder

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James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 11-13-2019 04:26 AM

SIr Leafherder. I liked your description of Dawn Redwoods. (Metaseqoia).
What is their country and area of origin?

-- James E McIntyre

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 11-13-2019 04:40 AM

Nice bowl, Mark. the epoxy filler did a nice job for you. A little leak easily turns away!!

There was no Russian collusion there? right ?

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 11-13-2019 05:04 AM

Nice looking bowl Mark. Your experience sounds only too familiar.

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

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#10 posted 11-13-2019 05:23 AM

Very nice to see your bowl, always look for your posts as they are so interesting. I just started posting as winter is on its way and not as much to do out of doors.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#11 posted 11-13-2019 05:39 AM


I think this bowl turned out really great. You sound disappointed but it’s the final result that counts. The next one will give you an opportunity to use your new knowledge. We’re our own worst critics. We’re always striving for perfection and we mere mortals just can’t achieve it. But do keep trying so we can enjoy your accomplishments.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 11-13-2019 06:24 AM

Wow that Olive is such beautiful wood! Nice work saving it Mark.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#13 posted 11-13-2019 07:27 AM

Me again Mark, LJs serial pest,

if you were to talk to Dave P he has a setup that you may be interested in.

BTW you did all the things I was scared of doing with my Grants Slab project, so that’s worth a virtual pat on the back big time fellow LJ !!

-- Regards Rob

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Mark Wilson

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#14 posted 11-13-2019 08:22 AM

Отличная работа, товарищ

- robscastle

благодарю вас

(I don t know why we re doing this.)

- Mark Wilson

I just got it. Russian Olive. Rob’s very clever.

-- Mark

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#15 posted 11-13-2019 03:28 PM

another beauty mark love that look.

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

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