Another walnut Bowl

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Project by mjlauro posted 03-06-2008 02:01 AM 1687 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I turned this earlier today, I think it came out OK. It is from the same piece of walnut as the bowl I turned and posted yesterday. The design is a little different. This one is more flat. Sanded to 800 and put a friction polish finish on it. I tried to leave just enough of the sapwood to give the walnut a contrasting color. I think it looks a little like a vanilla and chocalate swirl. I hope its clear enough in the pictures. I had a really hard time getting the lighting just right. As always I welcome all questions and comments. Thanks.

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#1 posted 03-06-2008 03:15 AM


How did you finish the bottom of the bowl. i have tried to make some bowls out of “green” wood but have seen variuos ways to finish off the bottom. Which do you think is best?

If you use green wood, how thick do you leave the sides for the drying process and how do you dry the semifinished bowl?


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#2 posted 03-06-2008 04:24 AM

Beautiful figuring in the walnut.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 03-06-2008 04:45 AM

This is absolutely beautiful. How much time did you spend on turning this bowl?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-06-2008 04:59 AM

Pretty cool! That center picture almost looks like an American nickle.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 03-06-2008 06:03 AM

Very cool!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 03-06-2008 03:27 PM

Scott, you would be surprised at how much time these take. This one was about 3 hours with a bunch of breaks. They really don’t take that long. That is why a lathe is nice, if you have nothing going on and just want to spend a little time in the shop. You can whip something up in no tiime.

Lew, the bottom was not finished in any special way, just the friction polish. Maybe I should be doing something different to seal it?

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#7 posted 03-06-2008 06:25 PM

looks to me like it has a graft line in there…


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#8 posted 03-06-2008 09:04 PM

Whats a graft line?

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Eric Vossbrink

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#9 posted 03-06-2008 09:36 PM

The graft line is where 2 species of walnut (English on the bottom, and Black on top) are joined. It creates an interesting figure, grain pattern, and color shift in that portion of the log. looking at the multi directional grain pattern, it looks like this bowl was blanked out from section of the log.


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#10 posted 03-12-2008 08:21 PM

I don’t know if it’s a graft line or not, but that is sure some neat figure in the bowl! Great looking piece; I really like it.

-- Robb

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#11 posted 03-17-2008 10:59 AM

Great looking bowl.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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