Cored Yellow Cedar Bowls

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Project by John posted 02-21-2021 07:33 PM 1439 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished the 3 cored bowls from the big Yellow Cedar Burl. The two smallest were finished in 2020, the 3rd was finished yesterday. 16.5” X 6”, 13” X 4”, & 9” X 2”. Salad bowl finish. The big bowl was posted in Feb. 2020.

My wife asked “What are we going to do with them?” I guess time will tell. I love the challenge of making them, I don’t think about later.

I do get a pleasing whiff of Yellow Cedar when I go by them. For some people it is too strong.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#1 posted 02-21-2021 08:15 PM

those are beautiful john id love to do some live edge stuff someday just getting started with wife said the same thing on my first two,”so what are you gonna do with em”,i havn’t shown her the third yet-lol.

-- 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 02-21-2021 10:54 PM

Sharp looking bowls and I always like the looks of the live edge on them. Excellent job. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#3 posted 02-22-2021 12:35 AM

Sharp looking shape with some nicely figured wood!
If the cabinets get too full you’ll have to resort to crafts shows to move your stash and fund your habit 8^)

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#4 posted 02-22-2021 01:13 AM

Nice work John!
Great set. The live edge looks good on the cedar.
Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 02-22-2021 02:39 AM

Great Job!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 02-22-2021 03:33 AM

Nice bowls, John. Were they done with a McNaughton tool?
Cheers, Jim

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

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#7 posted 02-22-2021 06:51 AM

Great use of the wood, hate to see any of that beautiful wood wasted:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#8 posted 02-22-2021 06:52 AM

Thanks guys! Jim I have the One Way coring tools.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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Mark Wilson

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#9 posted 02-22-2021 09:12 AM

“What are you going to do with them?...” What is it for?...”

(Hey, Sandro {Botticelli}, that cute painting of the Birth of Venus… what’s it for? You gonna serve drinks on it? Is it a TV tray? Are you gonna nail it to the front of your porch to keep the rain from dripping on you when you walk out the front door? And, surely that statue of the gorgeous Diana the Huntress is for propping up the garage door, right?


When you get enough of them, you cover every square foot of flat surface in the house with them. Then, when your sister comes to visit, she has plenty to do to occupy her time while you’re working your arse off to make a living because no one buys your useless art work, because it isn’t “good for doing anything…” You can’t explain its “meaning,” and, by extension, you can’t explain your own bloody meaning. But, the dusting around and under all those things, and rearranging them seems to entertain the sister, so, I guess that’s its function.

Incidentally, and not outside the purvue of this context: I’ve decided what to do with all the big pieces of wood, in the form of logs all around the house: I’ll make little pieces of wood out of them, and let someone else decide what they’re good for.

For the record, this is a rant. I thank you. And, I apologize.

All the people who don’t seem to recognize, or appreciate the need a guy has to be creative (a NEED, by the bye, given to Man by God), can just go fly a kite on a long walk off a short pier.

Am I done, now?

I think maybe I am.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

Oh. John. It’s a lovely thing you’ve done here. One day, I’ll indulge myownbadself in a coring outfit. Then, I’ll have six times as many pieces of useless art for Sister to rearrange.

I need help.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 02-22-2021 09:51 AM

Those are very nice.

-- Petey

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#11 posted 02-22-2021 02:28 PM

Great job with these John. You made 4 beautiful bowls to my 1. Interesting seeing how straight grained that burl is. My wife use to ask what I’m going to do with all the bowls but not anymore. She knows the happiness people get when receiving one.

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

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#12 posted 02-22-2021 03:04 PM

Well if you are in Texas, Emergency source of heat:) Never too many Bowls, Box’s, cutting boards, Pens,,,,,,,,

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#13 posted 02-22-2021 04:49 PM

very nice . rare find. I’m have allot of yellow cedar blocks that a friend brought me but no burls.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#14 posted 02-22-2021 05:29 PM

Thanks Mark, and your sister will like a set of bowls when you get going on them.

Thanks Petey.

Hey Dave, I think the grain would have looked the complete opposite if I had turned it the other way, it would have been a bit bigger too, but no natural edge.

Hi Andre, I keep seeing Texas on the news, I sure hope they can recover soon.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#15 posted 02-22-2021 05:30 PM

Thanks Brian, those blocks should come in handy for lots of projects.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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