Turned myrtle bowl (#10)

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 03-11-2021 08:40 PM 848 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl was made from myrtle, and is nearly 6” (150mm) diameter, and 2¾” high (70mm). Plenty of hand-sanding. Details carved into the bottom and filled with coffee grounds (kolrosing) and finished with tung oil and shellac (homemade friction finish).

I think it would make a dandy cereal or ice cream bowl.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 03-11-2021 08:43 PM


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#2 posted 03-11-2021 09:02 PM

Looking very good.

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#3 posted 03-11-2021 09:14 PM

Thanks butcher & Tom! I’m glad Cook Woods had some myrtle on sale. I’m having fun learning to turn it, and it’s teaching me plenty along the way.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 03-11-2021 09:15 PM

Looks good from here….what ya going to fill it with….

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#5 posted 03-11-2021 09:46 PM

Nice looking bowl, the wood is wonderful

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#6 posted 03-11-2021 09:58 PM

Not sure, Bandit. Might have to inaugurate it with some ice cream this evening.

Thanks, Ron! There’s definitely some pretty grain in that myrtle. Took me a while to figure out which side of this chunk wanted to be the top.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 03-11-2021 10:36 PM

I like the hardwood to sapwood, overall interesting grain. Was that a fireplace chunk?

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#8 posted 03-11-2021 10:40 PM

Nope, SteveN. Bought from Cook Woods (though it was on sale). Thanks!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 03-11-2021 11:20 PM

Beautiful bowl Dave!
I like the sapwood too. Looks like you got some chatoyance in this one with your friction polish.
Looks Great!

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#10 posted 03-11-2021 11:37 PM

Thanks, Jon. The sapwood is nice, as is the dark stripe just inside it. And yeah, there’s a little chatoyance. If I was just a little better at finishing with the edge tools and not needing to do some hand-sanding, I suspect there would be more. Guess I need to keep the tools sharper all the way through, rather than sharpening when I finish with a bowl.


-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 03-12-2021 12:27 AM

welcome to the mrytle club dave,thats a nice looking bowl.

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#12 posted 03-12-2021 12:35 AM

Beautiful turning, love the grain.

Is the Cook Woods that you have listed up in Oregon? If so they have something me pretty turning prices. And my jaw dropped on a couple of them.

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#13 posted 03-12-2021 01:47 AM

Nice bowl Dave.
That light color is not necessarily sap wood. Calif. Bay Laurel, aka Myrtle wood, can have a lot of color variation through out.
It is a bear to sand because it shows even the slightest scratches…320 sandpaper scratch can show when the finish is applied. Not to be critical but it appears your could have used a little more sanding. I sometimes start with 80 grit and work my way up to 400.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#14 posted 03-12-2021 02:12 AM

Thanks, Pottz.

Yeah, Eric. They’re up in Oregon. They have some really expensive stuff, but I’m still beginning, and rummaging through their sale stuff.

Yeah, Les. I could’ve sanded more, but I ran out of steam with the 240 grit. Should’ve gone up to 400, but I wanted to call this one done.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 03-12-2021 02:40 AM

I love myrtlewood. So much variation in color. Nice clean design. Enjoy the ice cream. :)

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