Tortoise Bowl

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Project by MrWolfe posted 06-08-2021 12:31 AM 895 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl is a big departure from the other bowls and forms I’ve been turning lately.
This piece is much more experimental in the form and technique and even the finish. Some of these experiments were very successful and I will continue playing with the untraditional forms and other techniques. This bowl is made from ash.

One of the experiments that was not as successful was using encaustic wax for the finish.

In the end it did work.
Encaustic wax is beeswax with damar resin (pine resin) and oil colors. I made a LOT of different color bars of it a few years ago. The resin gives it a very high melting point so is applied when hot. It also makes it a hard coat once it sets up. Encaustic wax is a preservative and some of the oldest paintings and art objects were painted with it. It also buffs out to a very nice shine.

The finish is a base coat of white wax but I was not able to layer it with other colors the way I wanted. Initially it was only going to be the interior that had encaustic wax and I wanted to do a gradation of color from light pink to dark purple. The end result was removing the excess wax and buffing it out. I also decided to color and finish the entire bowl with this white wax. That was followed with Renaissance Wax and buffed. The result is not bad but very different from what I intended. It has a very subtle white stain and a medium gloss shine. It reminds me of a Danish Soap Finish.

There was a lot of experimenting with this piece once the bowl came off the lathe.
It was fun.

I have not been posting my other lathe work in the project section but there are quite a few of them.
I’ve been posting them in groupings in my Wood Turning Blog.

Here are some links to those blog posts
More Adventures into Woodturning

More Adventures into Woodturning 3


More Adventures into Woodturning 4

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#1 posted 06-08-2021 12:40 AM

Nice looking bowl turning. You really got my attention to it. Very interesting on the outside. Great job.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#2 posted 06-08-2021 01:54 AM

i love watching you expand your horizons,constantly trying new techniques and finishes.thats a pretty cool look,i cant wait too see where you go jon.keep it coming man.

-- 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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#3 posted 06-08-2021 02:03 AM

Ahhh…Sort of a Surrealist Primitive Fusion. Very George Orr. Keep up the good work.

-- Leafherder

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#4 posted 06-08-2021 02:29 AM

Very interesting bowl. I like what you’ve done with the outside

-- Dan, TN

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#5 posted 06-08-2021 03:07 AM

Not sure exactly what to say about the bowl, Jon. Definitely not something I’d have made, but I’m glad to see that you did it. Keep having fun with your experiments!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 06-08-2021 03:12 AM

Well MrWolfe,

I have to tell you,
Your mind is just not right…

I like that in a person. :)

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#7 posted 06-08-2021 03:26 AM

I guess I’m doing something right.
Its fun and I enjoy it.
Thanks everyone.

I keep forgetting about George Orr, thanks for the reminder Leafherder.
I love his pottery.

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#8 posted 06-08-2021 04:51 AM

Flip that puppy over and put some rubber legs under it, give that one a snappy beak head. Put it on the floor just inside the door. Burglars be gone…..ZIP Freaking guy has an attack snapper….

I’ve got to say if it weren’t for the pics with the Foredom like thingy in them I’d have been wondering Lathe? Bumps? Huh.

Jon, keep playing, it’s great stuff.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 06-08-2021 12:35 PM

Excellent example of expanding your horizon. My daughter would love something like this. Nice work.

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

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#10 posted 06-08-2021 06:38 PM

Leave that on the floor and it would be worse than a Lego with bare feet!

Love the experiments!

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#11 posted 06-09-2021 12:40 AM

Thanks everyone!
This one was a real challenge and I enjoyed the whole process.
I may do a series of these now that I’ve made this one.
I may also try to do the encaustic paint gradation again.

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