Osage Orange bowls

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Project by WoodworkingGeek posted 07-19-2011 05:39 PM 1546 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some of the bowls I made. Any recommendations of how I can improve of how I make these bowls. Any web sites that I can find any tips and videos.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-19-2011 07:44 PM

Hey Matthew, they look pretty good as they are. It is nice to find Osage Orange that big without a lot of cracks. Do you want to improve on the design of the bowl or the technique in making them. A lot of times the piece of wood dictates what you can get out of it for size and shape if you have to work around things like punky wood, but there ways to fix that too. It is a creative process unless you have a design to hit for shape and dimensions.

For technique, I’d suggest looking ay the latest CD’s from Lyle Jamieson from Traverse City, Mi. He teaches in his barn and does seminars on bowl turning. He is the guy who hooked me on turning! His latest 2 CD package is the most complete. It starts out how to select a piece of wood from a log and goes to the final bowl from there. He gets into sharpening and the 4 basic cuts with a bowl gouge, too.
He says he is into Easy and make it look that way. I think you’ll like it…..........Jim

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

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#2 posted 07-20-2011 01:29 AM

Very nice.
Looks like you have a good start on it to me.
I work with alot of Osage and the only thing I can tell you is to get the finish on it as soon as you do your finish sanding. It will turn dull quick.
So far I have not found any kind of finish that will help it keep that brite yellow color of the fresh wood, but some will slow it down a little. But after a few weeks it does turn to a nice amber color.

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#3 posted 07-20-2011 01:58 AM

they are looking great.

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