Turquoise Inlaid Bowl

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Project by gridlockd posted 11-30-2012 09:48 PM 1672 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a bowl I made as a birthday gift for my sister. It is made from a chunk of dogwood that had some knotholes and natural cracks and voids. This bowl began life with a standard bowl edge on it, I had finished the sanding on the inside, reverse mounted it and was cleaning up the bottom when I caught a snage with my scraper and sent it flying. after cooling my temper down…(i had quite a few hours in this one) I picked up the pieces of the bowl. my wife suggested I go ahead and finish it, that it was interesting with the non-typical edge. I agree with her now, though I had my doubts when I was finishing it.

anyway, my sis loved it and that’s all that matters. just proves that sometimes even the screw ups can turn out to be beauties! thanks for looking!

-- Gridlockd

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#1 posted 11-30-2012 10:32 PM

A true one of a kind ,great job.

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#2 posted 11-30-2012 10:42 PM

hi love the way it turned out it looks great i recking that is the way it was supposed to be
i am glad you did not give up on it every thing happens for a reason
and this one turned out just right


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#3 posted 12-01-2012 12:32 AM

The inlay is amazing and I like the edge too. Great job!

-- Half-assed and whole-hearted, Kenny

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#4 posted 12-01-2012 01:46 AM

Beautiful Job! “It doesn’t matter how nice your projects looks, but what matters is how well you fix your mistakes.” That is definiately true for your bowl! I had that happen to me, except it was when my chuck was holding it. My stupidity did make the recess deep enought, and when I turned it around to hollow it out, It went sailing. I was able to save it though. What did you use to fill the cracks and voids?

-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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#5 posted 12-01-2012 04:46 AM

Beautiful bowl. Great job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 12-01-2012 07:29 AM

this is a great looking bowl. love the inlay

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#7 posted 12-01-2012 02:04 PM

Alright….I have discovered something this morning with your beautiful bowl…..I showed it to my wife and she melted….”Awww….I LOVE that bowl !!!” Now I gotta learn how to work with Turquoise…how can I learn? Is there a site to look at? Is it as simple as melting something into a crack? (I’m sure, that’s over simplifying it) Help please. Thanks

-- Tim Harrelson

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#8 posted 12-02-2012 02:09 AM

thanks for all the kind comments.
Tim-actually it is pretty simple, tedious, but simple. get some crushed turquoise, I crush my own from stranded turquoise chips bought at hobby lobby. I fill the void with chips, and drip CA glue over them. let it cure, sand it down, check for any holes in what you filled and fill those with smaller chips or turquiose dust, CA glue, sand, so on and so forth until all the voids are filled and are smooth and level with the wood. easy as that. it is a tedious process, but the results are worth the effort. there are several types of stone that are soft enough to turn and sand by normal means, I am experimenting with malachite right now and so far I like the results. hope this helps.

-- Gridlockd

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