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Project by mdzehr posted 11-21-2019 08:48 AM 485 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Yew Bowl was an awful lot of work to turn. It was hard as a brick and just kept moving while I was turning it even though it was down to 4 or 5% moisture content. I would just get the outside halfway close to round, and while I was on the inside of the bowl the shape would spring out of round. We fought each other several times but sometimes I’m more stubborn than smart and this time was no different. If I was doing this as a living it should have ended up in the fireplace a long time ago! But in the end I was pleased with a somewhat roundish bowl with fantastic grain patterns.

Finish was Watco BB oil, finished with food safe paste wax. I use 1/3 cup beeswax, 1/3 cup Carnauba wax, and 1 cup food grade mineral oil to make the paste.

My turning mentor (I’m still a newbie at this) gave me the chunk of Yew as he needed to clear out his shop a little bit for which I was extremely grateful.

-- Mike, Lancaster PA





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lew

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#1 posted 11-21-2019 12:08 PM

It sure is beautiful!

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

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mdzehr

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#2 posted 11-21-2019 12:58 PM

Thanks Lew. I have a long way to get up to the unique lathe projects that you consistently crank out though.


It sure is beautiful!

- lew


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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BrianHurstWW

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#3 posted 11-21-2019 04:30 PM

Looks good Mike! I like the lip at the top of the bowl.

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mdzehr

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#4 posted 11-21-2019 04:45 PM

Thanks Brian!


Looks good Mike! I like the lip at the top of the bowl.

- BrianHurstWW


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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MrWolfe

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#5 posted 11-21-2019 04:52 PM

Great grain in that yew. Beautiful bowl.
Looks like you won that fight.
Jon

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mdzehr

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#6 posted 11-21-2019 04:56 PM

Thanks Jon!


Great grain in that yew. Beautiful bowl.
Looks like you won that fight.
Jon

- MrWolfe


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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ralbuck

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#7 posted 11-21-2019 07:50 PM



Great grain in that yew. Beautiful bowl.
Looks like you won that fight.
Jon

- MrWolfe


You did win this one; even if YEW had a battle.

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

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mdzehr

351 posts in 928 days


#8 posted 11-21-2019 08:02 PM

Love it! Thanks

Great grain in that yew. Beautiful bowl.
Looks like you won that fight.
Jon

- MrWolfe

You did win this one; even if YEW had a battle.

- ralbuck


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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Peteybadboy

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#9 posted 11-21-2019 10:18 PM

Very nice bowl. You should be proud

-- Petey

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mdzehr

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#10 posted 11-21-2019 10:20 PM

Thanks Petey! i had fun shaping and finishing it.


Very nice bowl. You should be proud

- Peteybadboy


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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oldrivers

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#11 posted 11-22-2019 11:47 AM

Very your peseverence paid off, Job well done!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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mdzehr

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#12 posted 11-22-2019 11:58 AM

Thanks Oldrivers! There are a lot of life lessons that can be learned or reinforced in the shop!


Very your peseverence paid off, Job well done!

- oldrivers


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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GR8HUNTER

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#13 posted 11-22-2019 03:15 PM

YEW did excellent and certainly did win the fight GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

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

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mdzehr

351 posts in 928 days


#14 posted 11-22-2019 03:18 PM

Thanks Tony, and like you I Always Have Fun!!


YEW did excellent and certainly did win the fight GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

- GR8HUNTER


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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ohwoodeye

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#15 posted 11-22-2019 04:23 PM

Yew did a nice job.
Yew have a nice bowl.
Yew see what I did there?

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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