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I didn't think I would get this finished for some time, but I woke up at 3:30 this morning and couldn't get back to sleep, thinking, designing. At 4 I gave up, put wood in the heater and started to work on a design. Looked for pictures on the computer under images, found an idea that |i thought it would work.
First step would be to draw it on paper, to do this I drew around the rim of the bowl, sketched the inner diameters, cut out 3 wonky leaves of different sizes. Arranging them in an overlapping sequence, and drawing around them. It seemed to work, keeping them a bit random



Complete the wreath, draw, erase and draw again, then cut the completed design out to fit in the rim.



|Next challenge was to transfer the design, with no carbon paper in the house anywhere, I searched. That took some thought and head scratching to come up with an idea. If you don't have it make it, took a small piece of paper and used a charcoal pencil to blacken it. It worked but got some smudges on the surface too. It turned out not too bad.



Wood burning a design sounds simple, just to make a smooth line is a challenge for a beginner, different densities of wood, bumping over growth rings, making curved lines.



I thought it turned out not too bad for a beginner, just needed some sanding to clean up some of the edges to make then sharper. Had thought of coloring the leaves green but my wife did not agree, liked it the way it was, even used the word beautiful, Settled on just coloring the berries red.



Just will need some wet sanding and a water borne top coat, I am happy it didn't end up in the heater, and it will be ready for Christmas celebrations.

Thanks for looking and comments are appreciated.

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Now that's very clever Brian..steady hand and patience with a beautiful design, well done sir!!

PS - Aussie grapes?? Grape season downunder!!
 

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Nicely done Brian, and I too am glad that "it didn't end up in the heater". It deserves an appropriate place in your home where it can be admired.
 

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Wow Brian,
That is really cool, I like it very much.

Bob
 

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Beautiful decoration and perfect solution for sleepless nights.
 

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absolutely right, that is not firewood anymore. that's a prime example of an instant holiday classic - nice, nice, nice
 

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Fantastic, that wood burning put it OVER the top.
 

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It looks fantastic Brian! That's an awesome burn for your first pyro! Can't wait to see the next one.
 

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Looks great, I think the green leaves would have been to much. I have a nice woodturner but my problem besides no drawing talent is when I'm burning a line it tends to stick and drag. I tried turning the heat up and done but the same problem, I have a Colwood burner.
 

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Christmas is a comin'.............
That birch wood is nice to work with but you can't over decorate. You've done it right!
Regards, Roman
 

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Sweet bowl, Brian!!

Cheers, Jim
 

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Excellent piece!!
 

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I didn't expect you to be done so quickly Brian, looks good full and empty!
 

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Great Job!

I knew that your first attempt would look professional!
 

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Beautiful bowl, and I agree with your wife - green leaves would have been overdoing it- the touch of red is the perfect accent. Thanks for sharing.
 
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