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Project by trifern posted 05-28-2008 10:40 PM 1874 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have never seen such predominant waviness in maple like this before. The pictures do not do it justice. The pattern appears 3D and changes depending on the angle and lighting. It measures 4” tall by 7” wide and is finished with wipe-on poly.

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

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#1 posted 05-28-2008 10:51 PM

Wow that is some beautiful wood. Very nice looking bowl!

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#2 posted 05-28-2008 10:53 PM

Wow, that is beautiful!

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#3 posted 05-28-2008 11:16 PM

That’s beautiful.

Are these old turnings, or do you turn a bowl every day? You’re building a nice body of work.

-- johnjoiner

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#4 posted 05-28-2008 11:32 PM

that is some nice maple. I’ve never seen a pattern like that before either. thanks for the post.

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#5 posted 05-28-2008 11:56 PM

Excellent Joe! I love striped maple. I know exactly what you mean about the 3D effect. I use it in some of my boxes and it’s truly astounding. Sometimes the waves seem to jump off the surface a 1/4 inch or so as you change angles in the light.

Great job and great selection of wood! Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#6 posted 05-29-2008 12:03 AM

Thanks all.

johnjoiner, I just started turning the first week of March. So, these are all new turnings. I try to turn a couple of hours a day.

Sorry to bore everyone with all the postings. I promised myself I would only post my favorites. The problem is my favorite is always my last, and my best is always my next.

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

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#7 posted 05-29-2008 02:14 AM

Have been watching your bowl posts over the past couple of weeks and of course am jealous.

Couple of questions-

How “green” is the wood you have been using for the bowls?

What is your technique for sanding?


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 05-29-2008 03:08 AM

You are a turning machine trifern. That you just started is really amazing. And your work is anything but boring so please keep posting. I am in agreement… my favorite is always your last one also.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#9 posted 05-29-2008 03:51 AM

Spectacular grain pattern …just have to love Tiger Maple !!! Great job on the finish .

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

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#10 posted 05-29-2008 03:53 AM

lew, All of my turnings to date are with dried timber. I just scored some unbelievable blistered maple that I may turn green. I power sand wherever I can and hand sand what I can’t, both while the bowl is rotating. I usually sand through 220 and then 0000 steel wool.

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

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#11 posted 05-29-2008 04:06 AM

Keep posting. I love them. I’ve seen some small pen blanks like that curly/fiddleback but nothing that big. Looks really great!


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#12 posted 05-29-2008 04:27 AM


You cannot post too many of these. I really enjoy looking at them as they all have been gorgeous works. This bowl is no exception. It is beautiful.

Thanks for the post and keep them coming. I will agree that you are a turning machine.

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

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#13 posted 05-29-2008 12:32 PM

Great looking bowl Trifern. That does have a pretty unique pattern doesn’t it? Just keep up the wonderful work you’re doing. mike

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

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#14 posted 05-29-2008 02:33 PM

Trifern, looking at the number of comments you get, these are anything but “boring”. Yours is a post I always look forward to seeing. You have a gift for turning. I can’t wait for your next one. What will it be?

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#15 posted 05-29-2008 05:35 PM

Hey Tri …..great job …keep the postings coming ….I wish i was as energetic and could put out that much work …and you do a really great job of turning ….
What tools do you have …and you must have knowledge of sharpening tooo ..........Ya gotta keep them gouges and skew sharp right ….

great job and thanks …

and oh yes ….ANOTHER GREAT CEREAL BOWL !!!!!

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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