Hole in One

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Project by trifern posted 05-19-2008 02:12 PM 1479 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece measures 3” tall by 8” wide, turned from honey locust and is finished with wipe-on poly.

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#1 posted 05-19-2008 03:53 PM

Looks Great, but I wouldn’t try to store marbles in it.

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#2 posted 05-19-2008 05:12 PM

I agree with Gary, it looks FANTASTIC. Please don’t use it as a soup bowl.

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#3 posted 05-19-2008 05:32 PM

Just out of curiousity, was the hole present before you started turning it or was that a boo-boo?

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#4 posted 05-19-2008 06:45 PM

Very nice shape to this one.

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#5 posted 05-19-2008 06:46 PM


This is a nice bowl and the hole simply adds character to the piece.

Thanks for the post.

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#6 posted 05-19-2008 06:48 PM

Nice turning, I have gotten into some bowl turning recently after many years lapse, wonder if you would add you thoughts on which side you decide to mount the chuch/faceplate. Do you try to turn with the arc of the grain (on flat sawn lumber) or opposite the grain curve, making more cuts through the grain?

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#7 posted 05-19-2008 10:10 PM

Another nice one Trifern, love that color. How do you keep your chisels from snagging that hole? Thats one thing that amazes me. mike

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#8 posted 05-20-2008 12:59 AM

Another great work of art!

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#9 posted 05-20-2008 01:40 AM

Hi Trifern. That honey locust is really beautiful. As others above have said…another great piece…and that hole makes it distinct.

(You may have answered this in some of your other project postings, but I’m curious where you purchase your wood)

The name of the bowl caught my eye too. I been lucky enough to have three hole-in-ones (on the golf course) but none of those were as pretty as this one.

Thanks for posting this.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#10 posted 05-20-2008 02:58 AM

nice looking bowl, I like the shape.
I’ve read before online that if it can’t hold soup, it’s art!

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#11 posted 05-20-2008 03:20 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments.

Gary, I think I already lost all my marbles.

Raymond, I don’t know if it was a boo-boo or not. I’ll let you decide. The hole was not there when I started. I tend to use highly figured wood for most of my turnings. Part of the beauty is the imperfections they present. A chunk of wood flew off while I was turning because of it’s instability around the knot, hence the hole.

DocK, I typically start off with the wood mounted to a face plate. I turn it round and then shape the outside. I then turn a foot for chucking. After the foot is cut, I refine the outside shape and sand through 220 grit.
I then chuck the foot and turn the inside, sand through 220 grit and hit both the inside and outside with 0000 steel wool. I then clean all surfaces with mineral spirits. I apply 3-5 coats of wipe-on poly, rubbing with 0000 steel wool between coats. I typically finish the bowl while it is mounted on the lathe, but the lathe is not running. I simply rotate it by hand.

Woodhacker, I purchase most of my wood from here. I have always purchased it in person from their retail shops in Peoria and Bloomington. I do not know if they sell over the Internet. You may want to email or call them if you are interested.

darryl, I don’t know if it is art or not. It definitely won’t hold soup. I don’t know if it will even pass the mustard.

Coming soon – big leaf maple that I picked up while in Indianapolis.

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

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#12 posted 06-01-2008 12:13 AM

Nice job Trifern.

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#13 posted 07-09-2008 11:33 AM

Great looking bowl!

Thanks for the post


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