A Little Pedestal Bowl

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 03-06-2020 09:50 AM 527 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now for something that doesn’t need a lid.

This I call a pedestal bowl, though it might be confused with a goblet or a chalice. Pedestal bowl it is because I just think it sounds cool. And, quite frankly, though tooting one’s own horn is a mighty unattractive thing, I have to say that this is one of the coolest Things I’ve yet been blessed with the ability to put together.

The putting together of it went much the same as the previous Thing. It looked like this, when I mounted it, and had faced off the top end.

Thusly it stayed for a number of days whilst I ruminated over what it would become. Not surprisingly, at first, it was thinking about it becoming a different lid for the previous Thing. But, nay, nay, nay, said I. This wants to be someThing else entirely. What Thing New, as I said, took a couple days.

I got up this morning with a plan, this morning being the morning of the day I traditionally call my “day off.” The plan involved cooking, and eating, breakfast (done), trimming a bush (done), and working on this Thing. However, somewhere between the eating and the trimming, a tummy ache happened. Whereupon I did what I usually do when I feel the need to sit still. I sat still at my computer for some time. Long enough, in point of fact, that, while I sat, I was approached by a guy I’d met at some time in the past, but didn’t strictly remember. It seems he had done some work for VOD and I on the order of tree or bush trimming, and wondered if I might be interested in paying him to trim the big hedge that separates our driveway from the next-door neighbor’s yard.

“It could use a trimming,” said I. “How much?” was my query.

Answered he, in a rather absurd fashion, ”$275.” (With a straight face he said that.)

“That sounds pretty steep,” was my retort. “Let me go ask Dad what he thinks.”

Dad said he thought that was a ridiculous price for such a thing, and, I agreed. So, I said to Dad, “Say a number.”

”$100,” said VOD.

“Very well, then. I shall convey your counter offer.” Which I did, post-haste.

The gentleman lingering on the driveway took VOD’s counteroffer with surprising gentility, in my view. His words were as follows.

“I’ll trim that bush, too. And that one.”

Me: “Oh, yeah. I was intending to trim that one myself today. Thanks for reminding me.”

I followed with, “Will you do it for $100?”

“I’ll do it for $120,” said he, whereupon we shook hands, and he said he’d be back in an hour or so, with his crew, who were finishing up a job in the neighborhood. They did a lovely job, in the end, I might add.

As the back end of his pickup vanished around the corner, I rolled out my electricity hose and plugged in my hedge trimmer, and went to work trimming the Plumbago that had occupied my thoughts earlier. Then, I got started on the Thing that is the subject of this posting.

The guy returned, after about an hour, and his posse went at the hedge with gusto, as I worked on this Thing.

Whist I was hogging out the interior, the guy (Okay, his name is Jose) walked in and said that he needed to leave, and that his crew would be finished shortly. At this point, I paused my labor and went in the house and had VOD sign a check, leaving the filling out of the check to me. (VOD’s penmanship is atrocious, as is entirely expected, and acceptable, in a ninety-four-year-old human.) Off went Jose, and back to work on this Thing went I. The posse were done in much less time than I would have taken, and went their merry way. I continued on the Pedestal Bowl.

Long about half-past-five, VOD came to the Dungeon and began harping about “going to the store, going to eat dinner, going to the bank.” Blah, blah, blah. I told him I was almost finished, and would be with him shortly.

And, you know what? I was finished shortly. About fifteen minutes later, I was finished.

A dog from around the block came walking down the street, with his lady in tow, right after I had cut this Thing off, finished the bottom (I knew you’d like that), and stepped out to the driveway with the Thing, held in a towel, to admire my work. A home run, it was, in the waning sunlight. For, you see, I had stepped out into the very tail-end of the sunset. It was at this point that I felt the need to grab the ladder from the back yard and take some pictures. (It looked soooooo lovely in that perfect lighting.) Sadly, the perfect lighting didn’t quite translate into the photos as I had hoped. Here are a few, for your amusement.

So, there you have it. There it is. And, there you go.

The resin mixture involved fewer colors than the previous Thing: Only a little Yellow Gold, Orange Gold, and Blue Haze. I like it okay. I hope you do, too.

And here, I thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 03-06-2020 10:52 AM

Dont kbow what to say, this looks fantastic! What a finish…!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-06-2020 11:07 AM

There is a type of stone – a lovely stone used in decorative carvings and countertops, and floor tiles – called Picasso Marble because at some point in the distant past the rock was fractured and then mixed with other rock and pressed together again under the right conditions to make it solid once again. You have achieved the same effect in wood and resin.

There is am old fashioned style of serving dish generally made of glass, maybe with some decorative metal trim, used for displaying and serving a luscious and colorful concoction of fruit and syrupy sweetness. Both the serving dish and the dish being served are called a Compote.

I never doubted that you would produce some amazing results with your pressure pot. This is a lovely creation, a true Thing of Beauty – and the world needs more of those right now. Thank you for showing us that vastly different elements can unite under pressure and survive the onslaught of sharp objects to produce a thing of beauty.

Thank you and I apologize for my sermonizing.

-- Leafherder

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Joe Weaver

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#3 posted 03-06-2020 12:54 PM

beautiful work…

-- Joe, Ga

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#4 posted 03-06-2020 01:45 PM

Cool bowl Mark especially with the light shining through it.

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

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#5 posted 03-06-2020 02:12 PM

Love the work, and the story too!

-- Brent H. --"This retirement stuff is hard work. I need to go get a job so I can get some rest!"

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#6 posted 03-06-2020 03:01 PM

Gorgeous, Mark. A lovely Ash Chalise!

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

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#7 posted 03-06-2020 03:15 PM

Really amazing work on this one.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 03-06-2020 04:44 PM

now thats a pretty damn cool bowl,goblet or whatever ya want to call’s almost radiant and glowing,one of the cooler things off your lathe for sure.beautiful work my friend.

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

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Mark Wilson

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#9 posted 03-06-2020 06:17 PM

I thank you all.

-- Mark

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James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 03-06-2020 08:16 PM

Its nice you still live with your father and still have him and that you have someone to sign the checks.
My wife makes me sigh the checks and fill them out to boot.
I could use someone like VOD.

And oh, your ped. bowl is nice.

-- James E McIntyre

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#11 posted 03-06-2020 10:36 PM

very nice, interesting how you can take small pieces of wood and creat a beautiful project from them.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Mark Wilson

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#12 posted 03-07-2020 07:30 AM

Its nice you still live with your father and still have him and that you have someone to sign the checks.
My wife makes me sigh the checks and fill them out to boot.
I could use someone like VOD.

And oh, your ped. bowl is nice.

- James E McIntyre

Thank you, James. Soooooooo, what I think I hear you saying is that someone actually does read what I write? Most of the time, I think my writing is more entertaining than the Thing I’m writing about. I sure get a kick out of it, sometimes.

-- Mark

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Mark Wilson

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#13 posted 03-07-2020 07:37 AM

John: Sermonize at will, Brother John. You know I’m your amen corner.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 03-07-2020 10:13 PM

Nice one mate. Great finish.

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

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woodshaver Tony C

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#15 posted 03-08-2020 01:06 AM

Amazing work! But you know that already! Love the way the light works on it.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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