Texas Madrone and Turquoise "Bullet Hole" Bowl

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Project by Lazyman posted 06-14-2020 03:36 AM 1015 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fellow Lumberjock Duckmilk gave me a chunk of Texas madrone from his cousin’s place in New Mexico. It had been sitting in the desert sun for a while and looked a little rough, including a hole that runs through the center.

Rather than cut it down to avoid the holes and checks, I decided to use the wood’s flaws as features and filled the cracks that were large enough with turquoise. It is finished with shellac which turned out a little too shiny so I rubbed on some paste wax using an abrasive pad to give it more of a satin finish.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#1 posted 06-14-2020 03:42 AM

I really really like this. Its either a bullet hole or a bowl with a thumb hole and a pour spout. Either way having the defects incorporated into the design is fantastic.

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#2 posted 06-14-2020 03:46 AM

Well that won’t hold much soup! ;-)

Nice work Nathan. It’s a pretty one.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 06-14-2020 09:27 AM

Cute ….. It would be a pity if the log burned in a fire ….

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#4 posted 06-14-2020 10:21 AM

it’s really neat what some imagination and skill can do to a log

-- 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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#5 posted 06-14-2020 12:19 PM

Thanks guys. It seems like most things I turn these days is a result of firewood rescue. I sometimes get bored with nice wood.

Dave, that is because it is a salad bowl. :-)

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#6 posted 06-14-2020 01:04 PM

I like the title, bullet hole bowl has a cool ring to it. At least it will never overflow. Nice work and good save.

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

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#7 posted 06-14-2020 03:03 PM

Beautiful work!

-- You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven - Jimi Hendrix

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#8 posted 06-14-2020 03:25 PM

The turquoise really pops, good work.

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 06-14-2020 03:47 PM

Thanks Rick, Duff and Dave.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#10 posted 06-14-2020 04:17 PM

Nice bowl, Nathan. The pith rotted right out of that piece and you dressed it up nicely!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 06-14-2020 04:27 PM

Gorgeous bowl and great way to embrace the character of the wood.
The turquoise and the knotholes really set off this great piece.

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#12 posted 06-14-2020 08:31 PM

Great job Nathan! The texture of the madrone came out a lot better than I expected and the turquoise really dresses it up. Bonus for top 3!

Here are a couple more pictures of it before Nathan did his magic:

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#13 posted 06-15-2020 01:29 PM

Nicely done Nathan! The turquoise looks really nice against the light colored wood.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#14 posted 06-15-2020 03:48 PM

Gorgeous work Nathan! You really made something beautiful out of that log.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#15 posted 06-15-2020 03:59 PM

you must have a huge set of cojones to turn a log like that very beautiful GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

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

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