Camphor Laurel Bowls

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Project by BobWemm posted 03-20-2014 08:22 AM 1810 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Same story with these two, finished a couple of days ago but “No Power, No Post”

They both came from the same blank which is a crotch section, so the colours are fabulous. Like the FBE, these have been sitting in a box of shavings for at least 12 months. There was quite a bit of oval shrinkage but no cracks.

Bowl/Platter is 13in x 3.75in and is finished with Satin Gloss Lacquer.
Bowl No. 2 is 7.5in x 2.5in and is finished with Shellawax Glow.
Both sanded to 400.

C & C welcome and Thank you for looking.


-- 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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Bob Collins

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#1 posted 03-20-2014 09:01 AM

Nice work with the Camphor Laurel Bob, you have certainly brought the grain out. Like the finish you are getting.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 03-20-2014 10:56 AM

Great looking bowls Bob the Camphor Laurel looks amazing. Also looks like you have been busy on the lathe.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 03-20-2014 01:00 PM

Very nice Bob. You brought out a lot of color and grain on these. You make mother nature look great. Hoping to get a piece of Camphor Laurel some day to work with.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 03-20-2014 01:24 PM

Sweet looking Camphor bowl’s Bob.
Picture #4 is sexy! :)

Nice work!

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

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#5 posted 03-20-2014 01:39 PM

Beautiful wood in all of your bowls. Nice job of turning also.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#6 posted 03-20-2014 03:50 PM

Ihave always loved Cocobolo as a beautiful wood, but this stuff is starting to over take it, of course, the craftsman might have had something to do with it, you brought the grain out beautifully Bob. I know that it must have been difficult trying to get these done with a power loss, thank heavens for having that auxiliary generator, (A Roo in a squirrel Cage)

-- 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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#7 posted 03-20-2014 08:06 PM

3 wonderful posts Bob, all different timbers,
you know, a true craftsman can always be spotted by his ability to turn a collection of bowls such as these & keep it simple in form & a finish to match.
The FBE always catches your eye with it’s spectacular colour but I really like this Camphor pair, nice ogee on the larger one.
well done mate

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

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#8 posted 03-20-2014 08:18 PM

Yes there is our pest species at its best.
Gotta love the finish!

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 03-21-2014 01:06 AM

Thanks for the comments.
This woodturning sure is a lot of fun.


-- 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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#10 posted 03-23-2014 12:12 AM

Beautiful wood and finished nicely to bring out the beauty. Great turns.

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#11 posted 03-26-2014 02:32 PM

Gorgeous bowls! Great shapes, the grains and figures look amazing with the awesome finish. Great job!

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