Beetle Kill Pine Accent Bowl

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Project by TZH posted 08-07-2020 11:24 PM 531 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

From firewood to an accent bowl….that’s what this is.

Actually, it’s a 26” x 9” bowl made out of pine beetle kill that surprised the heck out of me with the grain. Not only was there blue stain from beetle secretions, but there was also brown streaks that I have no idea what the heck caused them!

The bowl was carved mostly using an Arbortech Mini TURBO Planer to rough out the shape followed by their contour sanding disc that also attached to the planer followed by a random orbital sander followed by a whole bunch of hand sanding until I got it down to 400 grit.

I was originally going to have a friend who is a professional painter paint the bowl a deep red as an experiment. Problem is the red covered the grain colors, and that’s not something I wanted in the finished product.

Long story short, it needs one more coat of MinWax gloss hand rubbed poly followed by a coat of beeswax, so I hope I haven’t jumped the gun, so to speak, by posting it now before it’s actually ‘finished’. The finish is actually still slightly tacky, hence the triangle cardboard stands holding it up.

The finish is Watco Danish Oil ‘Natural’ followed by multiple coats of the MinWax with light sanding in between coats followed by that proverbial beeswax.

Feedback welcome and TIA.


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#1 posted 08-08-2020 12:17 AM

Well, I really like it”

-- 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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Bob Kassmeyer

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#2 posted 08-08-2020 02:00 PM

I don’t usually like Beetle Pine but this looks great. I don’t believe I have seen your projects before today, you are very talented. Thanks for posting.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#3 posted 08-08-2020 02:04 PM

Bob Kassmeyer, thank you. I haven’t been very active for a couple of years due to some health issues plus I’m an old duffer. I’m trying to work back into things albeit slowly, and am focusing on smaller projects like bowls for awhile.


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#4 posted 08-09-2020 01:39 PM

A really nice Bowl great job you did there.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 08-09-2020 04:10 PM

Simply “STUNNING”. One of a kind, beautiful!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#6 posted 08-09-2020 05:26 PM

What a beauty!

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#7 posted 08-10-2020 12:51 AM

Thanks everyone for the positive feedback.


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#8 posted 08-10-2020 01:03 AM

I like the organic shape of the bowl paired with the triangular risers. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 08-10-2020 03:28 AM

Beautiful, I like the different grains and knots in it. Make it look more 3-D. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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