"If it holds soup it ain't art"

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It has been said that “If it holds soup it ain’t art” This is a piece approx 11.5×5 inches of elm. I am a person who usually turns off all the imperfections in a piece and tries to get a perfect piece with no blemishes (OCD perhaps).
This one was a challenge for me as it would have left a small saucer if I’d removed all the imperfect bits.

I am regretting selling this piece as I should have kept it for display purposes.

Thanks for looking.

-- Bristol, Quebec, Canada

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#1 posted 01-27-2021 04:17 PM

Love it. The expression and the piece. It’s beautiful.

-- -Todd

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#2 posted 01-27-2021 05:30 PM

I can see the difficulty in producing this “art” and it looks nice.
I tend to be more practical and look for function first and art second in most of my turnings.

Welcome to the web site and keep the art coming.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 01-27-2021 06:32 PM

thats absolutely beautiful,i kove imperfections in woodwork,it adds character.welcome too lumber jocks.

-- 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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#4 posted 01-27-2021 07:26 PM

Gorgeous piece. I would miss it too.

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#5 posted 01-27-2021 08:43 PM

This is a beautiful bowl and like you said you should of kept it. Sometimes they turn out unbelievably nice and it’s hard to part. I usually keep those nice ones until I get tired of moving them around and then give them away. LOL.

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

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#6 posted 01-27-2021 10:14 PM

Love it! hopefully you will make more imperfect bowls. I personally prefer them and love the character that each unique piece of material presents.

-- oops, I just learned something.

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#7 posted 01-28-2021 12:40 AM

Lovely bowl Barry! What is the finish? I remember trying to get rid of the imperfections, now I try to keep them.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#8 posted 01-28-2021 01:04 AM

I will agree with you on keeping it to yourself. That is a once in a lifetime piece . Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#9 posted 01-28-2021 05:15 AM

Very nice piece.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#10 posted 01-28-2021 07:27 AM

Love the title.

Embrace the imperfections is my guiding mantra. Nice bowl.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 01-28-2021 12:04 PM

Lovely bowl Barry! What is the finish? I remember trying to get rid of the imperfections, now I try to keep them.

- John

Thanks for the compliments John. The finish is several coats of minwax tung oil rubbed with 0000 steel wool between coats and finally a paste wood wax.

-- Bristol, Quebec, Canada

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