"Glossy" Bowl

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Project by Alin Dobra posted 05-20-2008 05:17 AM 2460 views 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bowl made from the same China Huckleberry tree as the previous bowl. I tis higher and the finish on it is significantly better. The reason for better finish is one extra coat of finish before polishing it. The bowl has a very high polish, is about 1/8” thick and, as you can see, it is translucent. The images you see on the base are reflections of the bowl on itself. If you change the view angle, the picture changes.

Dimensions: 10” X 10” X 3”
Wood: China Huckleberry
Finish: General salad bowl finish polished with auto rubbing compound
Estimate Time: 2 1/2H

I went a little overboard with photographing this piece. Here are some more pictures. It seems that is doing some funny stuff with the pictures. Click on the pictures to see an accurate image.

Thanks for looking,









-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#1 posted 05-20-2008 05:45 AM

Wow…Alin that is truly beautiful! Does the light actually show through the wood in some of those pictures, creating the “glow”?

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#2 posted 05-20-2008 05:49 AM


Since the bowl is 1/8” thick, it is translucent. The light goes through and gives a reddish effect as you see in the first picture. The pictures were not manipulated electronically more than cropping and sharpening. What you see is exactly how the bowl looks like with a light behind.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#3 posted 05-20-2008 06:08 AM

Boy that is really something! That’s a pretty thin bowl! WOW! And you used salad bowl finish an auto compound… amazing. Thanks for sharing your wonderful piece!

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#4 posted 05-20-2008 10:42 AM

Very nice piece of turning,wood collours realy show,have you thought of turning a lamp shade out of it I’m sure it would really blow you away.Well done, john

-- john,kiwi woody

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#5 posted 05-20-2008 11:30 AM

Wow! You set a mighty high bar for an aspiring wood turner.

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#6 posted 05-20-2008 11:43 AM


This is a stunning bowl. It is an art form rather than a simple turning. Wow is all that needs to be said about it.

Very well done. I enjoyed the extra pictures as well.

By the way I was so caught up in the bowl itself that I almost forgot to compliment you on the photography as well. Well done.

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

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#7 posted 05-20-2008 11:45 AM

Alin, another fine piece!

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#8 posted 05-20-2008 12:13 PM

Alin, this is a truly amazing piece of art. You have really raised the standard of turning for us all that turn. Very beautiful. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 05-20-2008 12:28 PM

that is an amazing piece Alin, Keep up the great work!

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Alin Dobra

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#10 posted 05-20-2008 01:04 PM

Thanks everybody for your comments.

Cathy: as I mentioned in the posting for the other bowl, the sanding on the piece to finish it this way has to be stellar. I can honestly say that it took me as much time to figure out how to sand as it took me to learn to turn. End-grain pieces are merciless when it comes to scratches. I still have a cherry bowl that I have refinished at least 3 times and still looks crappy.

John: I thought about a lampshade for a while but I am afraid it might catch fire. Too see the nice patterns you have to put the light very close to the bowl. Maybe if I turn it thiner, it would wool fine with the light far away. Another option is pine, which is a lot more translucent.

Rikkor and Mike: it is not about setting the bar, it is about inspiring. This is not a competition, it is a community.

Scott: Thanks for your complements, especially about the photography. My next tool will be a DSLR photo camera (probably the Nikon D80). I call it a tool since it is the thing I need the most now to take better pictures of my work.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#11 posted 05-20-2008 01:23 PM

Alin, thank you for sharing another beautiful piece. I love how the reflection upon itself becomes a part of it.

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

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Alin Dobra

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#12 posted 05-20-2008 01:45 PM

Thanks Trifern.

When you hold it in your hand, the bowl is almost overwhelmingly shiny. It reflects everything around. In low light with nothing else interfering, it just reflects itself. You should try the auto rubbing compound yourself.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#13 posted 05-20-2008 02:13 PM

the shine you have on this one is impressive! what a mirror finish!

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#14 posted 05-20-2008 02:25 PM

Wow, an amazing bowl. I’d like to see this in person someday. Incredible work!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#15 posted 05-20-2008 02:28 PM

Great job, Alin. Your work is always excellent, but you seem to have an extra-special talent for turning bowls.

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

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