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Cherry Gall Bowl #4

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Project by VanDesignWoodworkin posted 05-17-2022 10:19 PM 347 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On a lark, I went out to the garage to go through my burl scraps. Digging down to the bottom, I found a softball-sized piece that was untouched. Out of curiosity, I started drilling into it with a Forstner bit, and I could see that it was going to have beautiful grain… at least in the bowl. So, I continued to go at it with the Forstner and then some sanding discs on my drill. I was pretty happy with the bowl, so then I went at the outside with my grinder.

I couldn’t believe how beautiful the grain was, especially as I continued at it with 40 grit paper on my palm sander. Every pass brought out some other detail. I eventually went through 40, 80, 120, 180, and 240.

I decided to leave some live edge around the rim of the bowl.

I buzzed the bottom a little bit with my grinder and then took a handheld floor sander to it to give it a nice flat bottom.

The last step was wipe-on gloss poly. I did this on my porch with really light coats that dried (or absorbed) pretty quickly.

So, I guess a two bowl day!

If I may say so, this has to be one of my favorite bowls I have made since I got back to them.

Probably takes a lot of gall (pun intended) on my part to admire my own work, but man this one is a beauty.

-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 05-17-2022 11:40 PM

beautifully done…..............cheers, jim

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

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#2 posted 05-17-2022 11:52 PM

Thank you, Jim. I see you’re a fellow Michigander! Cheers to you!


beautifully done…..............cheers, jim

- Jim Jakosh


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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#3 posted 05-17-2022 11:56 PM

i wouldn’t call it gall van,you not the gall.hey it’s just plain freaking beautiful.im so glad you left the live edge on,that is what really makes it.that will sell easy.

-- 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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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#4 posted 05-18-2022 12:01 AM

Thank you, Pottz! Going fly fishing tomorrow and hoping to get three or four good pieces.


i wouldn t call it gall van,you not the gall.hey it s just plain freaking beautiful.im so glad you left the live edge on,that is what really makes it.that will sell easy.

- pottz


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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#5 posted 05-18-2022 12:02 AM



Thank you, Pottz! Going fly fishing tomorrow and hoping to get three or four good pieces.

i wouldn t call it gall van,you not the gall.hey it s just plain freaking beautiful.im so glad you left the live edge on,that is what really makes it.that will sell easy.

- pottz

- VanDesignWoodworkin


hey take some pic’s of what it looks like when you find it.im very curious.

-- 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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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#6 posted 05-18-2022 12:02 AM

Plan to!

Thank you, Pottz! Going fly fishing tomorrow and hoping to get three or four good pieces.

i wouldn t call it gall van,you not the gall.hey it s just plain freaking beautiful.im so glad you left the live edge on,that is what really makes it.that will sell easy.

- pottz

- VanDesignWoodworkin

hey take some pic s of what it looks like when you find it.im very curious.

- pottz


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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Eric

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#7 posted 05-18-2022 01:37 AM

You keep cranking these beautiful bowls out Van. Congrats on picking up another show.

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

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#8 posted 05-18-2022 02:13 AM

Beautiful and another winner.

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

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#9 posted 05-18-2022 02:44 AM

Thanks, Eric! One of the things that’s really helping with these bowls is the wipe-on poly versus that thick stuff I used when I first started out.


You keep cranking these beautiful bowls out Van. Congrats on picking up another show.

- Eric


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#10 posted 05-18-2022 02:45 AM

Thanks, Swirt!


Beautiful and another winner.

- swirt


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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#11 posted 05-18-2022 10:46 AM

Very nice! So no lathe used on any part of the bowl?

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#12 posted 05-18-2022 03:08 PM

Great work “finding” the beauty in that chunk!
Leaving the frothy looking edge on the rim and the contouring at the ends (almost like handles) really sets this one apart.

Happy hunting!

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Buckshop

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#13 posted 05-18-2022 11:37 PM

Seeing your bowls is making me try to get some free time so I can head to the shop! Beautiful piece! Thanks for sharing!

-- Ben

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#14 posted 05-19-2022 10:51 AM

Thank you … and, yes, no lathe.


Very nice! So no lathe used on any part of the bowl?

- ronstar


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#15 posted 05-19-2022 10:53 AM

Thanks, Splint. I always leave a little of the trunk or branch because that’s where cracks and splits are most likely to develop. If the splits have some space to develop, they often don’t spread into the bowl proper.


Great work “finding” the beauty in that chunk!
Leaving the frothy looking edge on the rim and the contouring at the ends (almost like handles) really sets this one apart.

Happy hunting!

- splintergroup


-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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