"Spiked" bowl

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Project by Alin Dobra posted 05-18-2008 05:41 PM 2039 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first bowl for which I used carving in a significant way. The legs, or spikes as my son likes to call them, were executed with the dremel tool and took quite a while. The dremel is underpowered for this job and I had the wrong carving tools but I survived. I tried this type of addition to my turnings at the suggestion of Mike Schwing (thanks Mike).

When my son saw the bowl, he immediately started working on me to get it for his collection. I told him that it is for sale and he promptly offered me 100$ (he just got that much money from his grandmother). I dragged my feet until his birthday came up, packaged it and gave it to him. It really made an impression on him even though he is just 6. Now he will use his 100$ for a pen making kit.

Dimensions: 8 1/2” X 7 1/2” X 1 3/4”
Wood: Camphor
Finish: General salad bowl finish
Estimated time to completion: 2H for carving the legs and 2 – 2.5H for the rest of the bowl

Thanks for looking,

-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#1 posted 05-18-2008 05:52 PM

That is a beautiful bowl, Alin! I am sure your son will love it and treasure it forever!

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#2 posted 05-18-2008 05:55 PM

Great job! It is a beautiful piece. What is even better is that it is appreciated by your son. Inspiring him at that age is something he will greatly benefit from his whole life.

-- Richard

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#3 posted 05-18-2008 06:27 PM

Wow, that is wonderful. I really like your work, Alin.

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#4 posted 05-18-2008 06:41 PM

This is a really cool piece. I like the spike legs. Did you carve the whole thing or do some lathe work?

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 05-18-2008 06:42 PM

fantastic, that’s a beautiful bowl.
love the feet, the hard work paid off!

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Alin Dobra

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#6 posted 05-18-2008 07:50 PM

Thanks Guys for the comments.

Blake: only the bottom is carved. The trick is to do as much on the lathe and than start carving. The most difficult part is to seamlessly integrate the carved with the turned part.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#7 posted 05-18-2008 09:38 PM

very well done Alin. I like the way it sits on those spikes.

-- JJohn

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#8 posted 05-19-2008 12:20 AM

Great bowl, Alin. The legs really add to it. For some reason, this one reminds me of a conch shell.

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

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Alin Dobra

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#9 posted 05-19-2008 12:29 AM

Thanks JJohn and Charlie.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#10 posted 05-19-2008 01:27 AM

Very cool looking feet! Fantascic job.

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

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Alin Dobra

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#11 posted 05-19-2008 02:07 AM

Thanks Gary.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#12 posted 05-19-2008 05:11 AM

Outstanding form and design. Your feet remind me of hawthorn. They are very naturalistic and realistic. I also like the natural edge. Thank you for sharing.

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

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Alin Dobra

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#13 posted 05-19-2008 05:33 AM


I mostly do natural edge, end grain bowls. They are a lot more fun since you cannot always rub the bevel and rely on “tried and true” turning techniques. Even more, each type of wood behaves somewhat differently so you have to discover how to turn it.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#14 posted 05-20-2008 01:19 AM


This is simply a beautiful bowl. I greatly admire those to whom the gift of carving has been given.

Well done and it was nice to give it to your son. This is something that you created and, as such, was a gift from the heart. That is priceless.

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

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#15 posted 05-26-2008 01:33 AM

this is certainly beautiful…love the feet !!!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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