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There were two happy surprises that revealed themselves in the creation of this bowl.

First let me say that a while back I purchased a dozen assorted blanks from a seller on eBay. They came coated in wax and quite unidentifiable as to species, so every time I begin to turn one I never really know what I'm going to get. So the first surprise came as soon as I started turning this little gem and discovered it had some beautiful spalting. I love that in a piece of wood. :)

The second surprise, believe it or not, did not reveal itself to me until I looked at my photographs of the piece. I had glued a piece of walnut on to one end of the blank to give the bowl a contrasting rim. Strangely enough, the grain on the walnut rim is an excellent match for the rest of the blank. It almost looks like a single piece of wood that suddenly changes color! I'd love to say that it was great planning and execution on my part, but it was pure happenstance. Mother Nature can be quote amazing, can't she?

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Wow Charlie, that is amazing…............ You couldn't have planned it better.
This is one beautiful bowl, I love the spalted wood / walnut combination…..
 

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great surprise , charlie ,

and the shape is well done ,

they compliment each otherl .
 

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Charlie:

An amazing find. That's a great epiphany moment.
 

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Sweet. I really like it.

You should rename it Ouija Bowl.

Steve
 

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Nice job on the matching, you could of gotten away with saying that you tried this new staining technique of yours.

Well done.
 

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NICE job Charlie, that was accidentally well planned?

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL
 

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I'd rather be lucky than good. Nice job on the bowl. I need to try some contrast, thanks for showing it.
 

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I stand in awe of both You and the old girl… mother nature.
 

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Wow that does look one walnut/maple tree. You did that on purpose ;)
 

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It looks like they were grafted together, & grew that way, AWESOME!
 

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that grain match is quite incredible. you should have bought 1 lottery ticket that day…

nice bowl. the grain, spalt, shape, colors, and finish are really nice and welcoming
 

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Thanks, everybody.

I forgot to mention the finish is wipe-on poly (oil-based).
 

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Once again Charlie you got a great deal and made a good looking bowl.
You have got to be the epitome of a Cajun.
 

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wow…that is cool…great surprise(s)!
 

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Great matching Charlie. It really looks cool and does blend so well.

CtL
 

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Not luck! Destiny come to those who deserve!
 

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Awesome, I love it when that happens. Great Pieces. Great luck.
 
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