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Three Juniper Bowls

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Project by TZH posted 11-09-2021 10:03 PM 632 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once upon a time, I had a log….a juniper log, to be exact.

Slicing out the center on a bandsaw sawmill for a fireplace mantle left a lot of waste, or at least what I thought was going to be waste. The log was 11 feet long. That left two slices off the top and bottom of the center piece that were also 11 feet long. I cut them with my chainsaw in order to be easier to handle. Lo and behold, the idea for bowls came to be.

There were enough lengths for the three bowls shown plus four more slabs waiting to be carved and shaped into similar, but different, bowls.

The three bowls above are actually my very first commissioned work. Usually, I finish a piece and offer it for sale. When this client purchased two pieces I had on hand, they decided to commission me for two more. I made three in order to allow them to choose the two they like best, although I hope they take all three.

This was also an experiment, of sorts, because the client wanted me to tone down the red of the juniper heartwood. In order to do that, a decision had to be made that would also give the sapwood a different color, as well. Even though I didn’t know how it would turn out, I chose light walnut as the stain to use, and am pleased with the results.

Thanks for looking.

TZH

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On





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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#1 posted 11-09-2021 10:05 PM

They look fantastic! Well done.

-- "Wine gets better with age. Cheese gets better with age. It's not your fault that you're not wine or cheese."

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#2 posted 11-09-2021 10:39 PM

Beautiful pieces…Well done…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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TZH

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#3 posted 11-09-2021 11:16 PM



They look fantastic! Well done.

- NoWhiskeyWoodworking

Thank you!

TZH

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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TZH

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#4 posted 11-09-2021 11:17 PM


Beautiful pieces…Well done…

- mtnwild

Thank you!
TZH

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#5 posted 11-10-2021 01:06 AM

They look great. I’ve never worked with it before. Does Juniper lose some of its color if you leave it exposed to the Sun for a few days the way cedar does?

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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TZH

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#6 posted 11-10-2021 02:19 AM



They look great. I ve never worked with it before. Does Juniper lose some of its color if you leave it exposed to the Sun for a few days the way cedar does?

- swirt

Thanks. Juniper is cedar by another name according to research I’ve done. It loses its color, but a single removal of a surface layer restores the original color underneath. Finishing the wood with any kind of varnish, lacquer, or whatever, will eventually age the piece to an extent. That aging process will darken the original color especially if the finish is not UV resistant. I did a bowl for my wife 18 years ago, and the color now is not even close to the original color although it has aged beautifully (like me).

TZH

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#7 posted 11-10-2021 02:41 PM

great idea for slab use. I have more 2’ long walnut logs than I’ll ever use up until I see this use. Thank You !

-- 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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TZH

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#8 posted 11-10-2021 04:07 PM



great idea for slab use. I have more 2 long walnut logs than I ll ever use up until I see this use. Thank You !

- recycle1943

Good luck! The challenges are great, but the end results are also great!!

TZH

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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