Natural Edge Garry Oak Root Knuckle Bowl

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Project by WoodArtbyJR posted 02-26-2012 08:49 PM 2812 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got this piece of wood from the Board Hoarder in Kirkland WA last fall and just got arount to turning it last week. Garry Oak is from the white oak family and is native to the west side of the Cascade Mtns and is the only native oak tree to British Columbia, WA and northern OR. It can be found from the BC area to as far south as the Siskiyou & Klamath Mtns in northern CA. Although the wood has a beautiful grain, it is difficult to season without warping and therefore the Garry Oak has not historically been regarded as having any commercial value and is frequently destroyed as land is cleared for development. This piece was extremely hard and heavy and my wrists ached for days after turning it. The only finish I have applied to it so far is a coat of walnut oil but I will wax and buff it in the near future. I hope you enjoy the beauty of this pieces grain turmoil as much as I do. I took the pics with my new G12. Now I can get some decent close ups;-)

Thank you for looking.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#2 posted 02-26-2012 10:06 PM

That looks great Jim! Amazing grain and excellent pictures!

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#3 posted 02-26-2012 11:10 PM

Way cool. Takes a lot of skill to turn a form when a lot of the material just isn’t there. Nice job!

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#4 posted 02-26-2012 11:16 PM

Wow, I can barley turn when the piece is in tact, you did a great job. The wood has nice patterns in it, its a shame so much of it gets destroyed.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 02-27-2012 05:39 PM

Great looking bowl Jim. Did you use the Ci0 and the Ci1 on this? Really nice looking piece.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#6 posted 02-27-2012 06:36 PM

Chris, not sure how old this piece of wood was but it was VERY hard. I used the easy rougher and the easy finisher only on this piece. Well, that’s not totally true. I used my KA Tools Guinevere sanding system to finish the inside and my orbital sander for the outside of the bowl. Too many uneven edges to sand normally, plus it just beats the hell out of your hands trying to do it by hand. The oak was so hard and unbalanced that even with the easy finisher it lefts a rough finishthat’s why I had to revert to other methods. Working with a natural edged bowl like this you are always on the lookout for it to come flying at you during the process. Kevlar vest and face shield are a must….....;-) Steve (The Board Hoarded) told me that these root balls seem to be harder because of their location on the tree and it makes sense.

Eric, nice to see you active again. Same place? Ed told me that the store next door closed.

dhazelton, you’re right. It can get a little scary with something that you know is off balance and can turn a good day into something not so nice.

Thanks for all the kind comments. It’s probably dry enough to wax and polish now. I’ll post a pic after it is and you can see the difference.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#7 posted 02-29-2012 01:35 AM


That is a gorgeous looking bowl. What awesome grain patterns.


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