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Turned and carved claro walnut bowl (#11)

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 03-19-2021 08:59 PM 534 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started as a 5×5x3 blank of claro walnut from Cook Woods. I turned a bowl with inward sloping side, but was afraid to really get inside there and undercut the sides, so I stared at it for a week or two while it dried. I finish turned it, taking off the bare minimum of material, and then got out a #9 gouge and carved flutes in the sides. There are a total of 24 flutes, and I came up with that number by carving one that looked good, then marking across the bowl, then on the quarters, and then splitting those intervals in half to have eight marks. Looked at the one flute that I had carved, and figured that three of those would fit into each eighth, so there it is: 24.

When I went to mark the bottom of the bowl, I couldn’t see pencil, and kolrosing doesn’t work very well in walnut, so I got out the lettering enamel and started painting the information on the bottom. But I don’t have a steady enough hand for that, so I just painted the whole bottom, let it dry for a couple hours, then took a pencil and wrote in the not-quite-dry paint, which I thought looked ok.

Tung oil on the bits I didn’t paint and a few coats of shellac to finish it. Looks pretty if the light is bright enough that you can see the grain in the wood.

And it’s got a red bottom, just like a monkey up a tree.

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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crowie

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#1 posted 03-19-2021 09:09 PM

Beautiful timber Dave, especially that inside photo

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 03-19-2021 09:13 PM

Very nice bowl.

-- Ron

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#3 posted 03-19-2021 09:21 PM

Claro walnut is as nice as curly Koa
Nice job on this one Dave

-- 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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#4 posted 03-19-2021 09:36 PM

Nice Dave, you can certainly go many ways with the flutes, even get them spiraling down the sides if your tools are sharp.

How is the claro as far as tearing and chipping?

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 03-19-2021 10:14 PM

Thanks, Peter. I went lighter on the oil on the inside, hoping to be able to keep the grain visible.

Thanks, Ron.

Thanks, Dick. I’m pretty happy with it, and bought a half-dozen more claro walnut blanks, so there’ll be more bowls coming. I’ve got one preliminary turned that’s drying now that has more beautiful grain.

Thanks, Splint! I didn’t have much problem with the tearing and chipping except on one of the flutes that hit some reversing grain right where the flute was ending. My biggest problem was figuring out the work-holding on the already turned bowl. I cut the tenon off the bottom before I decided to carve the flutes, and probably made life harder for myself. But it works about as easily as American or black walnut, I think.

About due sharpen most of my gouges, though. Between the signs, carving this, and using gouges to smooth the bottoms of bowls after cutting off a tenon, I’ve been using them pretty heavily.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 03-19-2021 11:15 PM

Nice carving g Dave…cool flutes. Love it!

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 03-19-2021 11:27 PM

Thanks! I was just trying to figure a way to spruce it up, especially with the dark on dark.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 03-20-2021 12:09 AM

Looks good Dave, sounds like you’re enjoying the lathe.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 03-20-2021 12:50 AM

It’s been a welcome break from bookcases, Tom. And working with the grain while turning has me thinking more about the grain for flat-work and also while carving. So it all fits together, at least on a good day.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 03-20-2021 01:07 AM

Great little bowl, the groves do make the grain pop out. Good job.

Have you ever thought about using a branding iron, or wood burning tool for your marking.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#11 posted 03-20-2021 01:29 AM

Eric, I had a small laser engraver, and I have a branding iron for marking my work, but generally I prefer to remove wood by cutting, and the branding iron takes so darn long to heat up that I tend not to use it.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 03-20-2021 01:29 AM

Beautiful!!

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#13 posted 03-20-2021 01:35 AM

Thanks!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 03-20-2021 01:39 AM

If the cutting and or carving would work to, and no extra cost. For the dark woods maybe some enamel model paint to go over and wipe off the excess, so it fills the lettering. Just a thought.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Dave Polaschek

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#15 posted 03-20-2021 02:05 AM

This one was enamel lettering paint. But if I’m doing kolrosing, as I have on some bowls, coffee grounds are the good thing for filling those fine grooves. But I’m experimenting with other things. I’ve tried titanium dioxide, which is oil soluble, so that doesn’t work so great with a tung oil finish. I’m going to try grinding some turquoise fine enough to work, but that’ll be a few projects in the future. Eventually I’ll find something I’m happy with for dark woods. Just not there yet.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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