Marbled bowl

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Project by Alin Dobra posted 08-22-2008 05:08 AM 2902 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl is made from road kill sugar berry. I found the wood on the side of the road and loaded a 3ft section of the trunk in my car. I turned sugar berry before and I knew is spalts nicely. As you can see in the pictures, it spalted extra nice and, as is the case for oak, it contorted a lot. The last picture is a bowl from the same tree that I turned immediately thus it did not spalt at all. Turning it was OK but I could not sand it on the lathe at all since wet sugar berry vibrates when it touches the sand paper. It is relatively easy to sand when dry and looks amazing with finish if sanded to 600-800. I called this bowl marbled bowl since it looks more like marble not like wood (a number of people made this comment and some of them had to knock on it to make sure it is wood). The bowl is sanded off the lathe on the drill press using the new wave system (and a lot of patience).

Material: sugar berry
Finish: salad bowl finish
Dimensions: 10” X 10” X 3”
Thickness: 1/8” throughout
Inlay: turquoise

This bowl would probably qualified for the contest this summer since it is made from wood destined for the mulching machine (not as bad as junking it but bad enough). Oh well …

Here are some more pictures:







Thanks for looking,

-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#1 posted 08-22-2008 05:17 AM

Wow… amazing… this is a great project, terrific job.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 08-22-2008 05:21 AM

Nice form Alin. I admire your patience, concentration and skills. Thanks for sharing.

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

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Alin Dobra

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#3 posted 08-22-2008 05:25 AM

Thanks Steve and Trifern.

Trifern, you should try green wood. About patience, I think it is a must if you want your work to stand out. In a strange way, for me it feels good to spend 1-2 hours sanding one of these things just to see how it looks when it is done.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#4 posted 08-22-2008 06:05 AM

Very nice, that looks great.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#5 posted 08-22-2008 10:28 AM

Alin, you never cease to amaze me with your work. Thanks for sharing it, and for being an inspiration.

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#6 posted 08-22-2008 12:01 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#7 posted 08-22-2008 12:34 PM

Alin, very nice. Thanks for the inspiration. Now have to go and see if my local lumber yard carries ‘roadkill’. :)

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#8 posted 08-22-2008 01:08 PM

Beautiful piece. That`s a work of art.I know you wish it had
been drier.
Thanks for posting.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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Alin Dobra

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#9 posted 08-22-2008 01:55 PM

Thanks guys for the comments.

Cobbler, what do you mean by you wished it had been dryer?


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#10 posted 08-22-2008 02:59 PM

lovely lovely lovely!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 08-22-2008 04:15 PM

Looks much better than the road kill we get in South Louisiana.

Great job, Alin!

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

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#12 posted 08-22-2008 05:42 PM

Once again, great work Alin. I love your eye for beauty and style.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 08-22-2008 06:29 PM

Amazing! If you had a figurine of a surfer, he/she would look right at home in the middle. Great job.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#14 posted 08-22-2008 11:36 PM

A great piece of artwork Alin.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 08-23-2008 03:18 PM

Very nice turning Al. Good to see you back in the saddle.

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

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