A small Bowl

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 02-07-2020 05:31 AM 378 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple months ago, I described my experience of attempting to obtain some fresh Jacaranda. I noted that I had managed to bag all of two small branches. Shortly after I got them, I cut a chunk off of one of the branches, having thought of making a lid for something else, as yet to be presented herein. (I’d had gotten a better idea for said lid.)

After I had rounded this piece up, I set it aside. The wood was far too wet for its initial intention. A couple days after setting it aside, I had a thought. I will dry it in the microwave. Thus I did. Then, I remounted it and did a little more turning on it, obtaining the outside shape I desired for this small bowl. Over a period of a couple weeks, it sat on the lathe, mocking me. I lit back into it last week, hollowing it out. I put it out of my head for another week. Then, this morning, I awoke with a finished picture in my head. I had finished it, inside and out, with Shellac to seal, Ack’s abrasive paste, and Ack’s polishing paste. Well, back to this morning.

I cut a small bead near the bottom. I then added a touch of red Easter egg dye and a pinch of Pearlex Macropearl to a dab of WOP, and, turning at about 125 RPM, applied the mix to the bead. Just to give the eye something to rest on. I then used my phallic chucking method to turn off the foot. I finished the bottom and took pictures for you. You’re welcome.

Two further things to ponder:

1) I’d forgotten how pleasurable it is to turn wet wood. I may just re-hydrate some of my wood for that reason.

B) I showed these photos, in my phone, to a lady I know who seems to get a kick out of my work (She has bought a couple of my pens). Well, sir. She got a kick out of the red line, saying, “It looks like lipstick.” I retorted, “Hey, you know what? It really does.” It occurred to m, then, that Mica, which Pearlex is made of, is probably the very thng they use to make lipstick glitter.

Here’s a closeup:

And, because I just know you like to look at bottoms:

I feel it behooves me to name this bowl “The Lip.” Or, better yet, to give it a little more gravitas, in Latin, “Il Labia.”

Thank you. And I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 02-07-2020 07:41 AM

And a fine looking bottom it is!! much prefer the latin though!!

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 02-07-2020 07:47 AM

Very good Mark, I like the red ring.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 02-07-2020 10:35 AM

Very good upgrading with that red stripe.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 02-07-2020 01:30 PM

Great job Mark, good proportions, pleasing shape, and that pop of color brings it all together.

Just curious, what is the process to rehydrate wood?

Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 02-07-2020 03:02 PM

a nice little bowl,dont use much lipstick myself,not even my color but some nice work buddy.

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

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#6 posted 02-07-2020 03:10 PM

Oooohhh… Latin!

Nice turning, Mark! I think the red ring is just the right amount of embellishment.

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

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#7 posted 02-07-2020 03:18 PM

Very nice. A cool splash of color. And now I have to keep an eye out for people cutting down Jacaranda.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 02-07-2020 04:54 PM

Nice bowl Mark. I’m surprised it didn’t split more.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 02-07-2020 08:22 PM

Very nice bowl. I think it would do well in an art show if you go with “Labia” for the name

-- Petey

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#10 posted 02-07-2020 09:04 PM

Looks really nice! The shape reminds me of a wheel of Parmesan cheese.

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#11 posted 02-07-2020 10:19 PM

Sounds like you were the artist holding his thumb level to his eye while contemplating the lathe 8^)

Looks luscious!

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#12 posted 02-08-2020 03:11 AM

Congrats on another DT3.

-- Leafherder

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Mark Wilson

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#13 posted 02-08-2020 07:42 AM

Great job Mark, good proportions, pleasing shape, and that pop of color brings it all together.

Just curious, what is the process to rehydrate wood?

Thanks for sharing.

- leafherder

Soak it in water. It’s been done.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 02-08-2020 08:38 PM

Nice bowl, Mark!!

Cheers, JIm

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

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#15 posted 02-14-2020 10:06 PM

Nicee job Mark & a top3 as well.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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