Silver Maple Bowl - OR - The First Thing I've Made Since Last May

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 12-15-2020 02:24 AM 1466 views 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I, like many others I suppose, have found it hard to be inspired this year.

I was inspired by my driveway woodpile. More to the point, I was inspired by the bug sign that I’d noticed building up around my logs. So, a couple weeks ago, I fired up the chainsaw and went to work making little tiny pieces of wood out of great big pieces of wood so they’d fit in the barrel for disposal. The first couple of logs I decimated were too cracked, punky, and eaten alive to be of any use. It’s all, however, wonderfully spalted. Then, this past Thursday, I continued the process. This time, I found some sound wood that could be useful. This piece is from one of those chunks.

There was some punkiness, but I addressed that with some sanding and sealed it with shellac (I seem to have run out of shellac. I know I have a can of it here, somewhere. Do you know where I left it? It’s probably hanging out with my missing burnishing wires). I left the wormholes au natural, and I only almost broke it when I was removing it from the chuck, having misremembered that I’d mounted it in a recess and turned the handle the wrong way. No harm, no foul. Speaking of the recess:

You may have noticed the bulge in the middle of the recess.

That’s my way of trying to make a chuck recess look like something other than a chuck recess. In this case, I failed to notice that the bulge slightly exceeds the depth of the recess channel. So this bowl is a special bowl. It’s a top bowl. Sitting on a hard surface, it spins like a top.

After the shellac sealing, I finished it with YG and three coats of HS. The size is 6-1/2 X 3-1/4.

I’ll try to get motivated with some of the other chunks.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 12-15-2020 02:38 AM

That has some really spectacular colorization and spalting lines. It is a shame that you had to dispose of most of your stash.

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

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#2 posted 12-15-2020 03:14 AM

Leave it to you to literally turn the trash into a treasure. Maybe this top bowl needs to be part of a set where it sits in a bottom plate to prevent the spinning. Or maybe it is kinetic art – spin the bowl and watch the colors swirl. Or maybe – just maybe – the wood liked being on the lathe so much that it wanted to retain that sensation forever.
Great job, Buddy. It’s good to see you creating again.

-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 12-15-2020 04:26 AM

Mother nature sure turned that Maple into something special, beautiful bowl Mark!!!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 12-15-2020 04:41 AM

Good find and nice work. The search threw the pile was well worth it. A spinning bowl makes it easier to get whats on the adjacent side. WHAAAAT???

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

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#5 posted 12-15-2020 04:50 AM

Great to see you doing great work again. Know what you mean. I just started posting projects again since may or sooner

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 12-15-2020 05:33 AM

Beautiful grain, finish and design for the bowl. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#7 posted 12-15-2020 05:55 AM

Great Job sir!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 12-15-2020 10:47 AM


I feel the same way about inspiration. I have been working in very small increments. I think you made a very nice bowl. Nice work.

-- Petey

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#9 posted 12-15-2020 01:53 PM

Beautiful piece. Make 3 feet for the base to prevent the spinning? That might look pretty cool.

-- 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 12-15-2020 02:02 PM

Beautiful job, just wish I could keep mine from always cracking.

-- Al Breit "A day without sawdust is like a day without sunshine"

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#11 posted 12-15-2020 03:07 PM

Beautiful wood Mark, even more beautiful design!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 12-15-2020 03:50 PM

Love the grain pattern and the way you turned the bowl.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 12-15-2020 05:37 PM

Quite the chunk of wood, likely Maple, that you saved there. Looks like a nice burl, that started way back getting an attack of an Amrosia Beetle, went through a bit of rotting to pick up that spalt, and more recently got chomped on by something indeterminate.

Then you made a top out of a bowl.

Gotta classify all that as art. :-)

Nice save.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 12-15-2020 06:51 PM

Welcome Back Mark.
Looks wonderful. What type of wood is it?

-- James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 12-15-2020 09:34 PM

Beautiful piece. Make 3 feet for the base to prevent the spinning? That might look pretty cool.

- Lazyman

That is an excellent idea. Thanks.

-- Mark

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