Roebling Bowl 2014 #3 - 100 Year Old Reclaied Douglas Fir

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 02-08-2014 11:48 PM 1470 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This material is reclaimed Douglas Fir beams collected on various scrapping and salvage expeditions around Trenton, NJ. These beams are over 100 years old, heartwood four inches thick and at least fourteen inches wide. They stink when you turn them, the old oils, solvents, and turpentine scent is quite prominent!

#3 is a simple 10” round bowl, basic shape with a single rim bead. No torching, just finished natural.

We hope there will be many more of these to come – but we’ll have to see if they catch on and sell!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 02-09-2014 03:49 AM

The color is just so rich!!!
I hope they sell so you can share more with us!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#2 posted 02-09-2014 10:56 AM

Good looking series Eric

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 02-09-2014 01:44 PM


-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 02-09-2014 04:12 PM

this also looks like heart pine, to me its beautiful, it comes from america and is from a tree that provided its beauty for many years, i love and respect our tree’s and this one will now live on for someone who can enjoy its beauty for many years, you have crafted it well…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 02-09-2014 08:25 PM

You have given an old beam a new life Eric, a fabulous grain adds real character to the piece, well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 02-09-2014 08:59 PM


We have a small supply stashed away, some of it has been milled so we can produce a few distinctive pieces of furniture. I was working on a proposal to obtain a mass quantity of it. I will be resurrecting that proposal shortly, we lost our mill / storage area as they were temporarily shut down by the DEP for having too much material on the property.

Hopefully this spring we’ll get to make some pieces from the material we have.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#7 posted 02-13-2014 02:47 PM

Beautiful bowl! Great shape and the grains look stunning.

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#8 posted 08-06-2014 02:05 AM

Added 8/5/2014 …

Making off documentary … here’s the blog entry (Read disclaimers here …)

Long Video:

Remix Short Video:

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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