Bowl and forks

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Project by LesB posted 01-03-2021 08:57 PM 869 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t posted anything for a while so here are a couple of my latest productions.

The spalted Big Leaf maple bowl is 11 1/2” x 4 1/2” . I have had the blank laying around my barn and then the shop for 4 ro 5 years and finally decided to tackle it. The spalting had made some spots in the wood soft so turning and especially sanding was tedious. You can’t see the unevenness of the surface which resulted from of the soft wood sanding out faster than the harder wood but you can feel it with your hand. I finished it with Mahoney’s walnut oil and after that cures I will add a wax top coat.

The salad forks were made and my wife’s request. She had a set of the hand shaped forks (don’t know where she got them) and said her friends wanted some like them. Using the band saw I cut the curved shapes first then using a pattern to mark the fingers I cut them and then sanded the whole thing on a stationary belt sander to remove the saw marks. The dowel peg on the back side is there to keep the fork from sliding into the salad bowl. I made several sets, those pictured were Western Red Cedar (kind of soft wood) but the others were Beech which is better.

The wood spatula were mostly an experriment in making them from 1” thick stock. The handles were turned on the lathe (after removing most of the waste on the band saw) and the scoop shape was band sawed and sanded on the stationary belt sander after the handles were done. All finished with walnut oil.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#1 posted 01-03-2021 09:13 PM

what a gorgeous bowl,that spalted wood is incredible.nice work les.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 01-03-2021 10:57 PM

That’s an amazing bowl! Incredible colours, grain, and spalting Les.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 01-04-2021 12:22 AM

NICE!!! Always tough working with spalted stuff but it looks great when done.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 01-04-2021 12:40 AM

You did that spectacular wood proud Les!

Its’ a lot larger than I first imagined, very impressive 8^)

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#6 posted 01-04-2021 04:20 AM

That bowl is a beauty, nice work. I too was surprised at the size of it. Sure has some purrrrrty grain.

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

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#7 posted 01-04-2021 11:45 AM

mother nature sure has a way with wood and you did a fine job of displaying her work

-- 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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#8 posted 01-06-2021 12:18 PM

I really like the texture of the wood. Excellent …. and bon appetit.

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

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#9 posted 01-06-2021 08:01 PM

Nice piece of wood, utensils are great.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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