Cholla & Epoxy Bowl (#37)

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 05-17-2022 08:09 PM 449 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another cholla and epoxy turned bowl. This time the cholla canes were laid horizontally, and I mixed different colors of epoxy and tilted the bowl for each pour.

The bowl is just over 9 inches in diameter, and just under 2 inches high, or 23cm x 9cm.

There’s a blog, which mostly covers constructing the bowl blank. Turning was nothing special, just making a low, flat bowl (or a high-sided plate), but was my first effort with carbide tools.

Sanded to 400, then French polished for a few coats and buffed with carnauba wax.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 05-17-2022 08:15 PM

Oooh, now that is purdy!

Colors are way cool with the back lighting and the randomness of the cacti really works.

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#2 posted 05-17-2022 08:29 PM

Wow, I’d say you’re getting the hang of these now. Dave….and what great colors!
Great job.

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#3 posted 05-17-2022 08:33 PM

Neat! I love that sense that it’s got different colors from different angles!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 05-17-2022 08:36 PM

just crazy, dave….............cheers, jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 05-17-2022 08:39 PM

That’s a sweet bowl Dave. That could be hung on a wall as abstract wall art. Those colors just stand out.
Nice work Dave.

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

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#6 posted 05-17-2022 08:39 PM

Looks like a strike to me Dave.
An interesting education in the process.

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 05-17-2022 08:59 PM

Wow, that one is different. I like it.
How did you like working with the carbide tools?

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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Dave Polaschek

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#8 posted 05-17-2022 09:07 PM

Thanks, Splint! The colors are just barely there without backlighting, so it’s a cool surprise if you pick it up.

Thanks, Dave. I believe it’s what the Archie McPhee catalog used to call “tasteful muted colors.” ;-)

I was hoping for something like that, Dan. A few of them could be more intense (the shavings coming off at the lathe looked mostly white) but it’s definitely something I can build on.

Thanks, Jim! ;-P

Thanks, Dave! We’ve both had fun with epoxy lately, looks like.

Thanks, Rob! Should I have yelled, “Fore!” beforehand?

Thanks, Duck! It was nice not having to sharpen as often, which meant less chipping caused by dull tools, so yay! I’ll use them again, but I had to do a fair amount of sanding afterwards. Different process, I guess.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 05-17-2022 09:23 PM

These are very nice & interesting Dave, came out great. The horizontal Cholla and the various colors mixed in yield a pretty good looking random pattern effect. Two thumbs up on this experiment.

Also, congrats on the DT3.

-- "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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#10 posted 05-17-2022 10:22 PM

That turned out very nice Dave. The colors are great, you are getting these down pat. Well done.

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

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#11 posted 05-17-2022 10:47 PM

When you thought you had heard of everything that could be turned, Dave gave us CHOLLA. Now he’s turned it psychedelic. That is a Winner Dave, artful thinking, and evidently great execution, because it doesn’t have any excuse me’s.

Yes, congrats on your top 3.

My favorite pic That blue is awesome.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Ron Stewart

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#12 posted 05-17-2022 10:55 PM

That’s one beautiful bowl, Dave!

-- Ron Stewart

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Dave Polaschek

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#13 posted 05-17-2022 11:30 PM

Thanks, Tom! I think I like the vertical orientation better, but I’m glad I tried this way, too.

Thanks, Eric! Most people would mix up a bigger batch of epoxy and just do one pour, but I figured smaller pours give me a chance to correct mistakes along the way, plus I can play with colors.

Thanks, SteveN. The last set of patching to deal with a few troublesome bubbles in the epoxy was in a violet epoxy, and that made the blue pop a little extra.

Thanks, Ron!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 05-18-2022 12:00 AM

wow man what more can i say that hasn’t. just incredibly beautiful.i knew i could get you using some carbide.sure beats sharpening huh ?

-- 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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#15 posted 05-18-2022 12:35 AM

Mighty fine Dave you made it shine.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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