Black walnut and Claro walnut bowls

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Project by CSlabon posted 01-12-2011 08:39 AM 1578 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a couple bowls I just finished. The first is black walnut and is the thinnest I’ve turned so far. I got the top about an eighth of an inch thick and the sides and bottom about three sixteenths. It’s about 6 inches in dia. and 2 inches tall. I chose this design because of the sapwood. It kind of divided the piece so I kept it as a design feature. The wood had some pretty nice figure. The felt adds a nice soft base although I wouldn’t put it on every bowl. And it’s finished with spray laquer.

The second is claro-walnut and is about 3 inches dia. and 3 inches tall. The piece of wood dictated the size and shape of the bowl. You know when you work with wood sometimes the piece just emerges on its own. Anyway I love the figure and I have a few more pieces of it so I’ll have to see what’s inside them. Same finish.

Thanks for checking them out!

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#1 posted 01-12-2011 09:55 AM

Nice! I’ve never had a lathe OR tools OR skills good enough to do that!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#2 posted 01-12-2011 09:58 AM

Great work! I especially like the first one. The Walnut is beautiful and the form is perfect.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-12-2011 02:55 PM

3/16?......I think you could have went a lil bit thinner….lol
The sap wood does look good and I like the form.
Next level is carving on them? : )

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#4 posted 01-12-2011 03:30 PM

I especially like the first one. You did a great job of working with the wood figure and sapwood. The thiness of the piece also really adds a delicate quality to it. Nice and graceful!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 01-12-2011 03:33 PM

These bowls are really pretty. I think that you have done a great job on them and I love the wood.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 01-12-2011 06:00 PM

Thanks guys. I’m working on something different,

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#7 posted 01-12-2011 07:56 PM

I really like that first bowl I like the rich color of walnut great choice. did you sand and buff? thanks!

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#8 posted 01-14-2011 04:57 AM

Sanded from 80 grit all the way to 600. Then spray. That’s it. Thank you I am pleased with this one. And it looks even better in person.

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 07-17-2011 06:45 PM

Nice bowls. Where do you find claro walnut?

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

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#10 posted 07-18-2011 08:29 PM

there’s a guy here in So. Cal. that has his own mill. He gave me two root balls to do some turning with.

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