1st Carved Bowl

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Project by John posted 04-08-2020 08:57 PM 461 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

1st and maybe last carved bowl. Wore my fingers out sanding this thing.

Picked up this little Red Cedar Burl years ago and removed all the bark, dirt, and rotting wood. It was basically this shape when I was done and I couldn’t think of anything but cleaning it out for a little bowl. I had a couple of carving tools so I did a rookie job of it. Finally got tired of moving it around so I finished it off. It would fit in a 6.5” x 5” x 1.5” box. Food safe finish.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#1 posted 04-08-2020 09:44 PM

Looks bigger, so guess you aren’t heading down to Roberts Creek to enrol at Inside Passage?
Started cleaning up more Oak for shelf and finally found my first nail, took out 3 carbide cutters:(

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 04-08-2020 10:29 PM

Shame if its your last. That is beautiful.
I picked up some turners sanding disks with foam pads that attach to a drill and that might help you with the sanding.
This is a great bowl!

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#3 posted 04-08-2020 10:41 PM

Love the organic look. Beautiful job!

I buy most of my sanding supplies from Woodturners Wonders. Great prices, great service.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 04-08-2020 10:56 PM

Beautiful bowl, John….and gorgeous wood!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#5 posted 04-09-2020 12:41 AM

Nice little burl, good job!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 04-09-2020 01:10 AM

Great save. Certainly allot of work

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 04-09-2020 03:16 AM

Looks fine to me John, its a cool looking bowl. I share your joy of only doing one. I had a few projects like that.

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

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#8 posted 04-09-2020 04:47 AM

Thanks guys!

Andre sorry to hear about your cutters, that must have been a shocker!

Thanks for the tips Jon and Lew, that would have helped.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 04-09-2020 04:52 AM


-- The garage is calling, I must go. The dog is Fred, and yes he’s well fed.

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Mark Wilson

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#10 posted 04-09-2020 08:30 AM

It’s wonderful, John. Carving is one of the “holy grails” in my woodworking dreamland. And carving a burl? That couldn’t have been easy. Photo #1 illustrated the magic we sometimes find in wood. I hit “Zoom Pictures,” and there was John Merrick, staring at me. (If you’re unfamiliar, look him up.)

My first carving project still sits on the top of the desk at which I currently sit. Not for any reason other than that no one ever has seen fit to buy it. Wait here a minute. Let me see if I can find it…

It’s been stuck on 08:48:53, since I finished it. I’ve never started the clock. That was sometime in 2013, I think.

Or, maybe, this was the first.

Which sits on my piano, for the same reason.

Your bowl is a wonderful piece, John.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 04-09-2020 02:44 PM

Thanks BNC.

Thanks Mark, and the “sail” really appeals to me, hard to believe it’s a carving! Alfred Hitchclock stirred something in my memory and when I looked back through your projects it came back to me, I had seen it before.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#12 posted 04-09-2020 07:47 PM

Beautiful bowl, John! Nice work!



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