Black Walnut Volcanic Pod Bowl/Sculpture

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Project by RobertJ posted 08-15-2013 05:18 PM 2589 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the last of some old black walnut wood from a rotted tree trunk and root system. I hesitated to cut into it with my chainsaw due to rocks and dirt, etc. The chunk of wood was about 15-16” in diameter on the lathe and what wood was there, or not there, ended dictating the design. I was able to cut the outside into a bowl shape but any attempt at cutting the inside threatened to destroy all the little wood projections that I saturated with CA glue. I ended up cutting a small cup hole inside and decided to turn an oblong “pod” and place it in the ‘cup’. The result, after sanding and buffing blew my mind. I hope you enjoy this unusual piece as much as I do.

-- RobertJ, Southern California

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#1 posted 08-15-2013 09:58 PM

Amazing piece of wood and you did it justice, very artistic

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#2 posted 08-16-2013 01:01 AM

reminds me of a stone Geode …. but with wood instead. Nicely done!

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#3 posted 08-16-2013 02:23 AM


You certainly turned that amazing piece of wood into a work of art! Thanks for sharing.


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#4 posted 08-16-2013 02:23 AM

Very, very cool. Love the orb!

-- How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

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#5 posted 08-16-2013 04:55 AM

Looks great!

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#6 posted 08-16-2013 12:12 PM

Now that’s a Keeper. Love it

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#7 posted 08-16-2013 04:24 PM

Thank you! Might be tough to make a salad in but enjoying on the living room table.

-- RobertJ, Southern California

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#8 posted 08-20-2013 02:01 PM

That looks amazing, it’s a beautiful art piece. The walnut is just gorgeous with your great finish. I’m sure it’s a highlight on your living room table.

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#9 posted 05-23-2014 06:56 AM

An amazing piece of craftsmanship and artwork!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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