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Spalted Ash Bowl

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Project by MrWolfe posted 04-03-2022 11:57 PM 514 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This small bowl is my return to turning. Last item I turned was “In The Realm of Speculative Fiction” in July of 2021. This was turned from a blank of wood I prepared last summer and the wood was much more dry than the usual greenwood pieces I turn. I was happy to discover some spalting had occurred and this adds some much needed character to an otherwise simple bowl. It is a slightly closed form and upon finishing the shaping I found a few beetle burrows in it. I used an quick setting epoxy with some mica (apple green and olive green) to fill in the holes. It was a fun and quick project. I have quite a bit of pecan and ash so expect some more turnings soon.
Thanks for looking.





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#1 posted 04-04-2022 12:10 AM

well welcome back jon,i was wondering what happened to you.and youve returned in high fashion buddy.just gorgeous.but only two pic’s ? cmon,is there a bottom,an inside ? lol.

-- 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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#2 posted 04-04-2022 12:12 AM

Great looking bowl with all the spalting. Well done.

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

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#3 posted 04-04-2022 12:29 AM

Well done, that is a great looking bowl, and the Spalting really sets it off.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#4 posted 04-04-2022 12:33 AM

Thanks Guys!
Yah Pottz, thanks for the friendly reminder about more pics. The lighting is different but I’ve gone back and added a couple more that show more of the interior. Hope the extra pics show more of the missing detail.

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#5 posted 04-04-2022 12:39 AM

thanks jon !

-- 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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#6 posted 04-04-2022 01:41 AM

That’s a good-looking bowl, Jon.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 04-04-2022 01:59 AM

That came out very nice. What is the finish?

The shape reminds me of the Native American black ceramic bowls out of the Southwest. My wife has a couple. Unfortunately yours probably won’t be as valuable; at least not in your life time.

I would stick to these “normal” bowls that “space alien” stuff was a little weird. LOL

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 04-04-2022 02:07 AM



That came out very nice. What is the finish?

The shape reminds me of the Native American black ceramic bowls out of the Southwest. My wife has a couple. Unfortunately yours probably won t be as valuable; at least not in your life time.

I would stick to these “normal” bowls that “space alien” stuff was a little weird. LOL

- LesB


oh cmon les,i thought it was pretty cool ?

-- 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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#9 posted 04-04-2022 02:07 AM

Were you deliberately trying to replicate Native American Horsehair Pottery in wood or was that a happy accident? If deliberate, then you succeeded. If an accident – well there are no accidents, the Great Spirit must have been guiding your hand. Well done. Even when you think you are doing something simple you are fusing styles and influences. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#10 posted 04-04-2022 03:32 AM

The spalting is amazing, looks like a continent on a globe.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#11 posted 04-04-2022 04:38 AM

Nice spalt Jon. If you had something to do with that happening that is a big YOU WIN. What didja do bury it in some Cow Poo? Major spalt for a fairly short time. Nice job on that.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#12 posted 04-04-2022 11:26 AM

the spalting really sets off a good looking vessel

-- 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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#13 posted 04-04-2022 02:48 PM

Good morning and thanks everyone.
Thanks for all the comments about the spalting. That was a result of me cutting out the blank (round) and waxing the endgrain but otherwise neglecting the blank for a long time. I store most of the timber under tarps and it may have had contact with the ground. I use ant/termite granules around the wood pile to reduce beetles and ants. That works fairly well but its always a little disheartening to find a burrow on what is intended to be the final surface.Then once those are chased down with a gouge its a risk to see how far down or sideways they travel. This bowl was hollowed out and I was removing the tenon when I found some burrows. I decided to try and salvage it with the epoxy and then jam chuck it to reshape the bottom. So the form changed… just a little but it changed.

Leafherder,
I have an image mind of the form when I start and I am fairly good at getting there except when the little surprises ,like above, happen. Once again I am looking up your references online and I saw a few pieces that are the same form.
Thank you!

Les,
I really like the immediacy of woodworking minus the prep time for the blanks, second turning (i don’t really do that) and sanding and finishing. The “In The Realm of Speculative Fiction” space alien piece had a lot of shaping, carving and dyeing so it took days instead of hours. That type of creativity is what I really enjoy so once I have a few more bowls and vessels completed I will start doing the “weird” stuff again.
The finish is seal coat of shellac, burnished in followed by a light sanding 240# and then a finish coat of shellac also burnished in and Renaissance Microcrystine wax. That is one of the topics I am exploring right now. I may try some cellose sealer next time and some homemade “Danish” wipe on film coats. I haven’t quite found the finish that I want to use everytime.
thanks~

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#14 posted 04-04-2022 03:11 PM

Nice Jon!

Your “neglect” gave that wood a real old-world look that I think is fantastic. Nothing like discovering another dimension you can travel with your turnings!

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#15 posted 04-04-2022 05:18 PM

This is the type of native pottery I was thinking of. The Native Americans in the New Mexico area have made these for a couple thousand years.

-- Les B, Oregon

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