Osage orange bowl (21)

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 04-18-2021 08:49 PM 680 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 3.5 inches across, and 3 inches high, turned from Osage orange. Made my shop yellow for a few days. Rough-turned very wet, and let air dry in New Mexico for a couple weeks. There were cracks in the thicker bottom, so I needed to turn away more material there to get past the cracks.

I was playing with shapes on the outside of the bowl on this one. Much of the final shaping was done with a domed scraper I have ground asymmetrically so I can use the side of the scraper on the inside of a bowl. Finished with a tung oil and shellac friction finish, then a few extra coats of shellac on the outside brushed on.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 04-18-2021 09:38 PM

Beautiful wood, such nice grain.

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#2 posted 04-18-2021 09:49 PM

I like this one a lot more than the myrtle bowl

-- 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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#3 posted 04-18-2021 09:51 PM

I like the sculpted outside, very unique.

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#4 posted 04-18-2021 10:24 PM

Wow – you’ve been productive! I think this is one of my favorites.

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#5 posted 04-18-2021 10:26 PM

Looks like you’ve found a new vocation Dave, master woodturning.

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

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#6 posted 04-18-2021 11:14 PM

You did it again Dave. The orange looks very nice, and the design on the outside is really nice.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#7 posted 04-19-2021 12:17 AM

nice,love the shape you did.

-- 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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#8 posted 04-19-2021 02:00 AM

Thanks, SteveN!

Thanks, Dick!

Thanks, Tom!

Thanks, Steve!

Thanks, Peter! This batch includes bowls that were started in March, and it’s about two weeks worth wrapping up all at once. Don’t think I’m ready to be a master, but I’m feeling competent. Some of the time.

Thanks, Eric!

Thanks, Pottz! Just playing with a scraper…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 04-19-2021 02:42 AM

Great design on the outside. That’s a solid looking piece of Osage I may add.

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

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#10 posted 04-19-2021 02:45 AM

Thanks, Dave! I’ve got another that might have better grain that came in the same order… we’ll see, I guess.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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