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Project by Underdog posted 01-25-2020 10:00 PM 504 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Alder nest bowl is my wife’s Christmas present. I spent a solid month of evenings on it and several weekends.
It is 3-1/2” tall and 5-1/4 wide. The turning was the easy part. On the other hand the burning was not only time consuming but required long duration focus lest I burn something that needed to be crisp and unblemished…
I used a Patriot woodburning system to burn-carve the nest/twig texture in the bottom and the leaves/feathers in the top. The stippled background is also burned in. The egg was turned from maple and gilded with some terrific brass accent paint from American Decor. I finished it with Wipe-on Polyurethane.

It needs a name, but I can’t come up with anything I like so far…

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#1 posted 01-25-2020 10:17 PM

Beautiful work!
Great eye for detail with the burning and design.
Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 01-25-2020 10:29 PM

WOW, that is amazing!! Well, make that beyond amazing!!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 01-25-2020 11:33 PM

Fantastic!!! The amount of burning looks as though it would take hundreds of hours to do, and alot of coffee.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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#4 posted 01-26-2020 12:32 AM

Beautiful and very impressive!

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#5 posted 01-26-2020 02:10 AM

Wow! that texture and detail you achieved is quite amazing. Beautiful work,

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 01-26-2020 02:22 AM

It’s a kookoo nest bowl

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#7 posted 01-26-2020 03:23 AM

That’s amazing work Jim. I wouldn’t know where to start on something like that.

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

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#8 posted 01-26-2020 03:28 AM

Super creative and beautifully done. I would just call it “Bird’s Nest”.

-- Julian

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#9 posted 01-26-2020 11:54 AM

great planning and better execution – Fantastic

-- 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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#10 posted 01-26-2020 12:05 PM


That is cray cool!

-- Petey

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#11 posted 01-26-2020 12:19 PM

Tramendous work….excellent bowl!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 01-26-2020 01:20 PM

The piece you make is wonderful. It shows great focus and talent.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#13 posted 01-27-2020 12:45 AM

That is fantastic, awesome work.

-- Rick M,

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#14 posted 01-27-2020 04:16 AM

Excellent, very nicely done.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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#15 posted 01-28-2020 03:47 PM

In awe of your talent. The artistic elements of the piece blend into something truly impressive. Wife has got to be pleased.

-- Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.

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