OMG!!!!!! Plum Tree Bowls

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Project by BobWemm posted 04-04-2014 01:18 PM 2460 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

(THIS IS No. 6)

I acquired these couple of Plum Tree blanks a couple of years ago and cored out as many pieces as I could. There were 7 but I used the smallest piece for the foot on the second bowl photo.

Their sizes are, in order of the photos;-
1. 5.5in x 2.25in.
2. 7.25in x 3.5in.
3. 8.25in x 4in.
4. 9.5in x 2.75in.
5. 9.75in x 2.75in.
6. 12.5in x 4.25in. ( that is if I can get it added to this post)

They are all sanded to 400grit and finished with Shellawax Glow, except for No.6 which is finished with Wipe-on-Poly. 4 coats.

Hope you enjoy and thanks for looking.

C & C welcome as usual.


-- 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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#1 posted 04-04-2014 02:43 PM

Pretty big plum tree, its the first time I see the wood worked. Nice bowls…

-- Dreaming patterns

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#2 posted 04-04-2014 02:55 PM

Very nice looking bowls


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#3 posted 04-04-2014 04:38 PM

Pretty cool colors in those. They look great.

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#4 posted 04-04-2014 06:29 PM

They sure show great. That is some nice looking wood grain and color.

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

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#5 posted 04-04-2014 09:44 PM

Brilliant work
if that’s 400 grit and shellawax Glow I am going to go buy a lathe just to be able to use it …its almost a mirror finish with little effort !

Are you having posting as well, its driving me crazy this side of OZ, thought it was jut my old PC.

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 04-04-2014 09:51 PM

Plum wood really is beautiful stuff. Hard to come by and can be a bear to work with as it is very hard and brittle. It’s worth the effort though. have used all of my larger pieces up (Mostly pen blank and small spindle stuff left.) and wish I had some more. I need to talk to some of the tree guys around here and see what they can do for me.

Great job on the bowls, good use of a coring system.

Finish is excellent from the photos.

-- - Terry

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#7 posted 04-04-2014 09:58 PM

Great looking nest of bowls here Bob, hard to believe that they all came from the same piece of timber lots of color variation, and the finish does them justice.

-- 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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#8 posted 04-04-2014 11:55 PM

Darn nice lot of bowls Bob, you sure get a great finish on them, the coring has given a variety of grain patterns. Well done mate.

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

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#9 posted 04-05-2014 02:37 AM

robcastle. Sometimes I just shut the PC down and walk away. It drives me crazy.
Loading the photos is the biggest problem for me. Now I do that first before I start anything else in the post.
That Shellawax gives such a smooth glossy finish, I love it, but have difficulty on larger pieces. But that is probably just me.

Yes, you do need to get a lathe. Then the fun begins!!!!!!!


-- 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 04-05-2014 04:42 AM

Those are beautiful. Love the plum. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 04-05-2014 11:33 AM

Wow Bob they all look great, the plum tree wood is beautiful….excellent turning and finish.
Thanks for sharing.

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

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