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Film Band

I made a brand from a copper nail and used it in my woodburner. After laying out the spacing I went to work. What do you think?

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The bowl is Cherry, with a beautiful shape and an excellent finish of Antique Oil followed by 9 coats of hand rubbed wipe on poly in satin.

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Turning an Endgrain Convoluted Natural Edge Dogwood Bowl

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Maple Burl Square Bowl

My customer for this bowl was directed to my website by her interior designer. He had previously seen the square bowl there ( and she liked it but wanted it bigger. She contacted me to make one twice as big and of course I said yes!

My bandsaw could not handle the uncut burl’s dimensions for this project so I handed off the selected piece of burl to a friend to have it cut down to something that I could manage. This side eventually became the top of the bowl.

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This is the bottom of the blank that I used.

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┬áThe blank still needed to be cut to the correct dimensions but my bandsaw was a good match for this task with a 3/4″ blade. I used it to make the sides nearly perfectly flat and square to each other.

The turning process well under way, the inclusion is revealing itself and the warning bells start to ring loudly. Where I needed a fast speed to get the corners smooth and cleanly cut, for this portion and further turning, the speed had to be reduced and I needed to use extreme caution.

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Stopping to measure frequently is the secret to getting the edge of the rim to an even thickness from corner to corner on a square bowl. The diagonal measurement for this piece is 17″ so it required a much larger lathe. Thankfully, I have some very good friends.

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The turning is now finished on both the outside and the inside. The chuck tenon on the bottom has also been removed. I’ve also done some initial sanding while it was still on the lathe.

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The bowl is now at the stage between hand sanding and applying an oil coat to enhance the grain. Notice the hole in the far left corner. Some have suggested this might be a natural opening for hanging it.

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This shows some of the other inclusions hidden by the previous view.

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The previous one on my website was 6″ from side to side and 1.75″ high. This same shape, just a different size. Of course when the size is doubled, the mass of wood needs to be enormous.

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The figure in the original would not be easy to replicate in such a large proportion so I opted for a piece that I knew had rich burl grain and bark inclusions.

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The original has color added to the grain to enhance it and I convinced this client that coloring this bowl would be a really big gamble. Would it improve things or would it get in the way of all that grain?

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The light can be seen shining through the openings in the bark inclusions.

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Rotated to show the other side.

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Which way would this piece be displayed? Would you hang this up on a wall or set it on a table to see the inside? Or maybe place it high to show the outside grain and let the observer guess at what’s inside?

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This square bowl was entered in the annual Richmond Carvers Society Show & competition. I entered the Advanced Skill Level and placed this in the turning category.

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Second Place!

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Sunset in Apple

This bowl has been airbrushed with the colors to represent this sunset. It’s approximately 7.5″ X 3″, turned very thin, oiled and topped with 9 coats of MinWax Wipe-on-poly. Tell me what you think.

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The sunset colors in the sky are a combination of reds, oranges and yellows. The streaks are natural and were not added. Looks a lot like small clouds I think.

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The hillside illusion in the landscape was airbrushed with a simple mask. The water in the foreground has several shades of blue and some highlights from the sky colors.

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The underside shows the original colors of this piece of apple wood from a friend’s firewood pile.

Natural Edge Maple Burl Bowl

This bowl measures 13″ X 5″. Lots of inclusions and small burls sprouting beyond the edge. Zoom in and look closely. Tell me what you think!

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This bowl was cored out and the core was used to make a smaller bowl.

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After the turning and sanding, it was coated several layers of Danish Oil

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The Danish Oil brings out the grain in the wood

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The first 3 coats of Wipe-on-Poly went on quickly, followed by hand sanding with 400 grit

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Each subsequent coat of Wipe-on-Poly was followed with a finer grit of sand paper. 400, 500, 600, 800, 1200, 1500, 2000

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During the application of the Wipe-on-Poly and sanding, the texture becomes smoother and smoother.

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The final coat of Wipe-on-Poly is followed with an application of Conservator’s Wax

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The wax repels fingerprints and dust and makes the surface feel oh so good.

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This bowl begs to be picked up.

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Dyed Maple Platter

A maple platter with a small center bowl. 10″ X 1.5″.

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The center bowl was first dyed black, sanded and then dyed red.

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The rim was dyed red, sanded back and then dyed yellow.

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The edge around the rim was dyed black to make it stand out.

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The bead around the center was turned to a peak and left sharp.


Natural Edge Grafted Cherry

A good friend gave me some cherry wood to turn. I cut and rough turned several pieces from the rounds and put them away for drying. About a month and a half later, she requested a natural edge bowl from one of the rounds but the rouged blanks would need much more drying time. Several months after that I moved and could not find these roughed blanks. I finally came across them and recently surprised her with this one.

Here you can clearly see the demarcation between the two parts of the grafted tree. The growth rings are continuous from one side to the other. Isn’t nature grand?

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It’s approximately 11″ at the widest point and 4″ high at the high points. The bark is firmly attached and needed no gluing.

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The foot is just about 4″ in diameter.

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Finished with Minwax Antique Oil and 9 coats of Minwax Wipe-on-Poly sanded between each coat with progressively finer sandpaper. The last part of the finishing process is Conservator’s wax, hand buffed after applying it with 0000 steel wool and a very light touch.

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Small Natural Edge Maple Burl Bowl

Hand Made Natural Edge Maple Burl Bowl

This little Maple burl bowl has a tiny foot to stabilize it when sitting on a flat surface and stop it from tipping due to the imbalance in the rim. A generous coat of oil enhances the colours and the figure and 9 coats of wipe on poly provide durable protection. The bowl was dyed with red to enhance the natural burl inside & out. The edge was dyed black. Notice how the light shines through the tiny natural hole near the bottom.

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Highly Figured Maple Bowl with Bark Rim

Figured Maple Bowl with Bark

The figure in this bowl is remarkably tight, covering it from top to bottom. The cove near the top enhances the grip when picking it up. A coil of Danish Oil was used to pronounce figure and 9 hand rubbed coats of wipe-on poly followed. The finish feels warm and soft. The bark on the rim is well adhered and finished the same as the rest of the bowl.

9.5″ Diameter X 3″ High