Matrimony Bowl

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Project by Brian Havens posted 09-21-2011 09:13 PM 2714 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It may sound corny, but this winged bowl made from Callery Pear, with sapwood on one side and heartwood on the other, reminds me of everything about marriage: Two parts (the sapwood and the heartwood) are united; The two sides will be more alike over time (as the sapwood darkens); the two parts are are not 50/50 (yeah, thats a loaded one); It has its ups and downs (the wavy wings.); it has integrity in spite of a few fractures (cracks in the bowl section.). Perhaps it would make a nice wedding gift.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#1 posted 09-21-2011 09:16 PM

cool design!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 09-21-2011 09:35 PM

Beautiful piece! The Callery Pear wood has some remarkable qualities and you kow how to make them shine. Now is the guy the sapwood or the heartwood, I guess it depends on the couple.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#3 posted 09-21-2011 09:50 PM

Really beautiful work.

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#4 posted 09-21-2011 11:58 PM

You are absolutely correct, that does sound corny!!!!!!!!!!!
However, nice winged bowl.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 09-22-2011 12:12 AM

Lovely flow to it Brian, that timber is not known down our way – pity :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 09-22-2011 12:12 AM

Great looking bowl, as well as an excellent job of showing off that piece of pear wood.

What finishing regimen did you use on this piece?

-- 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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#7 posted 09-22-2011 12:32 AM

Is she the heart and you the sap? Really cool bowl though.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#8 posted 09-22-2011 12:40 AM

Sweet! Could not have captured it myself any better!
See the above comment! LOL

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#9 posted 09-22-2011 02:31 AM

I like this piece very much….. you did a great job on it. I have a small winged bowl that is similar, but I have a lid on it…... I use it to keep my wedding band in while at work two days a week. This kind of use may be of interest to you and yours.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#10 posted 09-22-2011 02:46 AM

Beautiful bowl. Nice flowing lines.

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#11 posted 09-22-2011 03:21 AM

Awesome bowl! Nice.

gbear, That is exactly what I thought after 41 yrs; she is the heart and I am the sap ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 09-22-2011 03:28 AM

Cute reading of the bowl. Like the shape and design.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#13 posted 09-22-2011 03:36 AM

I like the bowl. I like your analogy, and yes it is kinda corny, but it does fit.

Did you turn the wood green?
I have turned some pear that had more water than I could beleive. I have no experience with Callery Pear, but I like the way it looks.
It wouldn’t surprise me if some scientist somewhere proved that fruit tree wood caries more water than a comparable sized bucket.

-- Mel,

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#14 posted 09-22-2011 06:45 AM

And to add to your description: It will take your head off if you don’t watch how you work with it. Very nice design and execution!

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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