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Completely forgot to upload these onto LumberJocks at the end of 2013.

These bowls all came from logs I came across in the local area. All listed as firewood by various homeowners and tossed to the curb. I love you CraigsList. :)

They range in size from 11" round to 8" round.

Tried my hand with water-based aniline dyes on the two red ones. Really easy stuff to work with. All finished with Danish Oil.

Species by the numbers:
1. Maple with aniline dye
2. Weeping cherry with a hint of sapwood.
3. Weeping cherry with more than a hint of sapwood.
4. Good old American Cherry (my favorite wood of all times)
5. Maple with aniline dye
6. Weeping cherry with some really smooth grain flow

As always, I hope you enjoy and that inspires someone else to try using aniline dyes in their next project.

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Nice selection of turnings : )
 

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Very kool. I've been wanting to try some of that type of dye. All is very kool, but, I really like the red one. Thnx for posting
 

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Nice looking bowls and great saves. Good to see some stuff from ya.

CtL
 

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Very nice. I particularly like the shape of the largest cherry bowl.
Cheers
 

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Nice bowl Chris. What's the bottoms look like?
 

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Hey Jim. Don't you worry about the bottoms. :)

Kidding. Some of the bottoms have a very gradual recess and others have a 1/8" hard recess. Spent a lot of time on the bottoms unlike my first few bowls. Clean bottoms separate the men from the boys.
 

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Beautiful set of bowls! Great shapes, has very nice grain patterns and smooth finish. The red ones are really eye catching. Great job!
 

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Chris, I was just wondering if you had come up with a neater way to hold them on the lathe when finishing the inside of the bowls. I debate on whether to glue a sacrificial piece on the bottom or do the recess.

Jim
 

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Hey Jim,

The last few bowls I've done, I tweaked my process a bit to better suit my needs. I keep the tenon on the foot of the bowl until the very last step. I turn and finish-sand the inside, then I turn the outside (as much as I can get to) and sand. When I am happy with the sanding and shape of both inside and outside, I throw on my jam check and reverse the bowl so that I can carefully turn the tenon off into a recessed foot. The last few minutes are very slow as I turn the ever-decreasing tenon down. Then I snap it off and sand it off the lathe.

All of my finishes are done off the lathe.
 
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