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I turned, and set aside, this bowl months ago. Not because it was wet, and that's the thing, evidently, to do. I set it aside because I could not, at the time, make the inside smooth to save my life. I started this bowl on the Shopsmith. I had, apparently, filled the cracks from the outside with CA or Epoxy. I don't recall.

Now, my tools are sharper, better, newer, and, best of all, my lathe is much better.

It's Peach, this bowl. It has a live edge, this bowl. Almost all the bark stayed on this bowl. I like it a lot. It's finished in YG and HS. It's 6" diameter and 5" tall. And, since you asked how I did such a swell job on the bottom.

I went ball shopping this morning.



That's right. Wilson got balls.

I tried one of the rubber ones.





Squashed it on with the tailstock.



Squashed it some more.



Then, a little more.



It wasn't holding firmly enough. So I tried the Styrofoam half-ball.



That worked, though I had to be really gentle.) I turned a tenon on this, and, of course, put the bowl over the round side.)



I even signed it on the lathe.



After I photographed it, out on the logpile, I took it in the house and handed it to VOD. He says, "That's nice."

I said, "Turn it around and examine it. Get a good look. Feel how smooth it is."

He turned it upside-down, and I saw something familiar. I knew, immediately, what it was. I walked across the room, picked this, and showed him.



Apparently, I have a thing for that shape.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

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im glad you got back to it,that came out beautifully,i love the live edge also.very nice work buddy,but i expect no less.
 

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Cool bowl! I know you are not fond of me comparing your work to science fiction movies but picture number three reminds me of that Space Slug that tries to eat the Millenium Falcon in Star Wars. LOL

Glad you finally got the balls to finish this one. (Hey, somebody was going to say it.)

Great job, beautiful finish, and absolutely nothing wrong with revisiting a familiar shape - all the best artists did it. Look at how many times Monet painted water lilies, or all of the times Remington sculpted a horse, or all of the times that I. M. Pei built a steel and glass tower.

Thanks for sharing,

John
 

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Very beautiful. Lovely work.
 

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Nice work, Mark…Cheers, Jim
 

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Cool bowl! I know you are not fond of me comparing your work to science fiction movies but picture number three reminds me of that Space Slug that tries to eat the Millenium Falcon in Star Wars. LOL

Glad you finally got the balls to finish this one. (Hey, somebody was going to say it.)

Great job, beautiful finish, and absolutely nothing wrong with revisiting a familiar shape - all the best artists did it. Look at how many times Monet painted water lilies, or all of the times Remington sculpted a horse, or all of the times that I. M. Pei built a steel and glass tower.

Thanks for sharing,

John

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hey i wanted too say it but i didn't have the balls either-lol.
 

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Really lovely, Mark
 

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I really like this one allot Mark! That live edge looks fantastic! Great work!
 

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Hey Mark, That is really beautiful, love the shape and the Peach wood.
Great finish.
I got some YG and HS last week but haven't had the balls to try it yet. I do my natural edge bottoms by hand. LOL

Cheers mate.

Bob
 

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Thank you all, very much.
Honorable Bob: That's what I've been doing, mostly. But, on this piece, the bottom is very concave. I'm pretty sure I'd have messed up the bottom edge.
 

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Great work Mark. I like the peach blanks too. The bark does seem to hold on to them well. I like your idea of the rubber ball, I'll have to try it.
 

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No No, Dave. The rubber one didn't work. The Styrofoam half-sphere is what I used.
 

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Mark, still learning how to read. LOL. I wonder if the rubber ball would work better if it didn't have a finish on it. I'll have to try both. Thanks for getting me in the right direction.
 

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Love the live edge Mark. Nicely done!!
 

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Nice one Mark.
 
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