Chinaberry Bark Inclusion Bowl

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Project by MrWolfe posted 05-23-2022 03:14 AM 484 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another piece from the Chinaberry that I recently acquired. It is the same tree/wood that I turned the Chinaberry Live Edge Vase.

I am very happy with the great color in this piece. I was hoping for some of the same crazy grain that the Chinaberry Live Edge Vase has but that blank was made from a crotch piece of the tree. This is more of a side grain with natural edge and a bit of bark inclusion.

This piece was another quick turning and the only issue that came up was a bit of chatter because of the separation in the body due to the bark. The colors are stunning and for this reason I did not use a poly wipe on, shellac coat or cellulose sealer.

This piece was simply sanded up to 400 grit. I then used the Beall buffing process with tripoli, white diamond and carnauba wax. I did use Howard’s Feed and Wax before the carnauba to bring out chatoyance of the grain. I have not done many pieces with bark inclusions and I enjoyed the process to retain as much it as possible.

This bowl is a little thicker than the previous vase. The wall is roughly 3/16th”
The bowl is 5 3/4” at its widest and is 2 1/2” tall.

Here are a few more pics of the Chinaberry Bark Inclusion Bowl.
Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 05-23-2022 03:24 AM

oh my god man,you just keep elevating to a higher and higher level,which in turn keeps pushing me to get off my comfort level and push myself. thank you and keeping not good ! the pressure on,i need it! once we get comfortable creativity takes a hike ! not good !!!

-- 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 05-23-2022 03:42 AM

The colors on this bowl look great. And such a wonderful finish. Well done.

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

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#3 posted 05-23-2022 05:16 AM

It’s amazing how the wood is so different in the two pieces! Nice job turning and keeping the bark in.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 05-23-2022 11:26 AM

That’s definitely a nice one, Jon! Amazed it didn’t come apart on you while turning.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 05-23-2022 11:55 AM

Another beautiful bowl in the Southwest/Native American tradition. Love the colors on this one. Great job of bringing out the beauty of the wood.

-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 05-23-2022 01:26 PM

Love the distinctive grain coloring on it. You done that piece proud. Nice job.

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

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#7 posted 05-23-2022 02:12 PM

I’d call you a master of unexploded ordinance disposal!
Another “grenade” made safe, don’t know how you can hollow out something like that with parts hanging on by some stray hairs 8^)

You treat even the stray dogs like purebreds, fine work as always.

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#8 posted 05-23-2022 04:34 PM

Thanks Everyone!

Thanks and I appreciate the kind words.
I am getting pretty comfortable with being uncomfortable. Sometimes my creativity pushes my comfort boundries too.

Thanks. I’m continueing to play with the finishing part of the work. I am going to try a new step in the buffing process soon. I wish I had much more of this beautiful wood.

Yes Sir! I’m amazed to about the difference in the two blanks cut from the same tree. I am getting better at trying to understand how the grain may be oriented in a piece. Well, not understand but see a potential for what is below the bark.

Yes. I’m amazed too. There was chatter because of the flex in the body and rim. I take my time and go slow and stop often to re-evaulate those factors.

There is definitely that same form in this one. I tried to really allow the wood and all the features, color, grain and inclusions to define this piece a bit more than my design.

Thank you. I love this kind of wood.

Ha! I like that grenade reference. I make sure to stay out of the line of fire and take measurements on the thinnest part (around the inclusions). Also very light cuts DOWN into the piece towards the headstock. Stuff still happens tho. Stray dogs can shine if you take the time.
Thanks for looking.

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#9 posted 05-23-2022 04:43 PM

That is a very interesting piece and skillfully done.

My reaction was similar to splintergroup’s. How does this fellow protect himself from shrapnel. Do you wear a welders helmet and kevlar vest….LOL

-- Les B, Oregon

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#10 posted 05-24-2022 12:37 AM

What an incredible piece!

-- "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 05-25-2022 01:55 AM

Beautiful work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 05-25-2022 10:53 PM

Beautiful piece. I really like it.

-- Ben

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#13 posted 05-26-2022 06:03 PM

Thanks everyone.

I agree with both you and Bruce. There are a few things I do to stay safe while turning a potentially dangerous piece. Here are some basic guidelines that I try to follow.

1. I treat problem areas with C.A. glue. There are often areas that aren’t apparent until they are revealed so I stop the lathe often and inspect the work.

2. Epoxy is another aid in keeping pieces together. More for cracks and voids. I’ve started using plasticine to make little dams around problem areas to contain the epoxy.

3. I sometimes use tape around a piece but I’ve also used heavy duty rubber bands (107’s and 105’s). I’ve also heard of turners using cling wrap especially the heavy industrial pallet stretch wrap.

4. I use a 3M TR-300-HIK Versaflo Heavy Industry PAPR with a heavy industrial enclosed faceshield and visor. This is more for my lungs but the helmet is impact rated. I got my set up on E-Bay open box(new) for about half of the retail price. Its really the smalls that will hurt you long term.

5. I stay out of the line of fire. My lathe has a corded remote control with a magnetic base so I move that around depending where I am turning. I can slide the headstock towards the end of the bed so I do ALL of my hollowing that way, out of the line of fire.

I have had a few pieces come off the lathe but that has been larger unbalanced pieces when I am roughing them into round. Those have been solid. I always use a faceplate with sheet metal screws when rounding out of balance pieces now. I’m not sure I would do a large piece with a lot of voids or bark inclusions.

Jeff, Swirt and Ben~
Thanks Guys!!!!
Sometimes I find a really gorgeous piece of wood. Most of the pieces I started with are from Ash and they are not quite as interesting. I getting better at choosing blanks with more character.

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#14 posted 06-06-2022 06:11 PM

Beautiful. I love the color.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#15 posted 06-07-2022 02:03 AM

Thanks! I love the color of Chinaberry too. I wish I had a huge stash of it.
Thanks for the comment.

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