Turning an Endgrain Convoluted Natural Edge Dogwood Bowl

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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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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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