Wood bowl set

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Project by Sman posted 10-22-2011 03:51 AM 1725 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Neat set of siberian elm bowls i made, would be great for salad or a cold soup, plus the set has some display/centerpiece bowls with the natural bark still on it.

I really like how every small bowl has something really unique on it. One of the natural edge bowls has 6 bug holes grouped in 4 then 2 right next to it. I guess lathe turning really is my answer to life the universe and how to make a freaking living in this damn economy.

They are all finished with walnut oil and covered with a beeswax and canola oil emulsion.

Hope you enjoy looking!

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#1 posted 10-22-2011 04:08 AM

Beautifully turned bowls. Each one has it’s own distinct character. It would be hard to choose to own just one!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 10-22-2011 05:42 AM

Well done. Cleverly turned from a spectacular timber .

-- Dave -

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#3 posted 10-22-2011 05:46 AM

That is some awesome wood. Nice turning! Gald your finding an answer…

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#4 posted 10-24-2011 01:42 PM

Very, but very nice bowls. I wonder if the wood was dry or green

-- Ovidiu from Transylvania

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#5 posted 10-24-2011 08:00 PM

The bark edge bowls were turned green to the finished size, they are probably not so round anymore.

The other bowls were turned green, left to dry next to my fireplace for about 3 months and returned to finish thickness.

I just sold the whole set for only $100, I really wish I had waited longer to sell them since I could have gotten more money but there’s a point when you realize you are turning wood art to enrich the world and maybe the world can’t always afford to enrich your wallet in the process.

The whole set took around 12 hrs lathe time and maybe 2 hours of other work gathering and chainsawing the wood.

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#6 posted 11-16-2011 04:05 PM

Very nicely done. They make quite an impressive display of your versatility. Now share with us, how does one come by siberian elm ? Beautiful use of a gorgeous resource !

Your north florida friend, don schneider, “porchfish” @ porchfish studio

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#7 posted 11-16-2011 10:56 PM

Hey Don!

They were planted around my area when the dutch elms started dying off. The heartwood is more resistant to rot than other European elms, it still checks up like crazy if you don’t soak it in oil for a few days asap when you’re finished working on it.

Most Siberian Elm ends up in the landfill, but I save as much as I can when I can find it. There’s alot of people around here making burls by completely pruning the branches, but I can’t see elm burl being worth THAT much. It looks absolutely amazing, kind of the poor mans walnut, but it cracks and checks so easy…..

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#8 posted 01-06-2013 02:14 AM

Beautiful bowls! After seeing them and your skills, I’m sure you could make a good freaking living in this damn economy.

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