Kathy's Bowl

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Project by Rockbuster posted 06-05-2013 02:49 PM 1623 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bowl that I promised my wife Kathy, and have been working on in between other projects. There is only three natural woods, Cherry, Curly Maple, and Bubinga., the rest of the woods, came from salvaged cabinets, and flooring display boards, and had some really hard plywood, and Formica strips, making it very hard to turn, and a lot of constant chisel sharpening. There is 375 individual pieces in all, and I used 12 segments at 15 degrees. the top ring is made from Bubinga, and has 36 segments, at 5 degrees. The bowl measures 11 1/2” in diameter, and 5” deep. It was finished with 4 coats of hand rubbed BLO, and two top coats of WOP.

C&C Welcome.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#1 posted 06-05-2013 03:15 PM

Wow beautiful work! Very nicely done. Never turned formica before, but I’d keep the sharpener out for sure.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#2 posted 06-06-2013 01:18 AM

Rockbuster, That is absolutely beautiful. I bet Kathy loves it. You have really got the segmenting thing happening.
Congratulations on a super job.
Thank you for showing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 06-06-2013 02:24 AM

Wow This is one gorgeous bowl! I have never heard of formica used in a turning before, it is beautiful!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 06-06-2013 04:07 AM

Wonderful looking bowl. You did a great job on that one

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 06-07-2013 08:54 PM

What a fabulous bowl! Great patterns and wood and Formica combo. The top ring really added more beauty. Excellent turning!

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#6 posted 06-09-2013 03:40 PM

I’m late to this party but that don’t change how beautiful this bowl turned out. I Love your work Don! You have an eye for making wood show it’s beauty! Amazing nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 06-09-2013 03:46 PM

I just noticed that your beautiful bowl didn’t get LJ’s Daily Top 3, I think it should of got Editors Choice!
Guess I’ll just have to step up and give my personal approval for a private badge!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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