Finished a BIG bowl....

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Warren White

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....at least for me!

This is a 13 3/4" X 3 3/4" bowl. I posted a picture of this when I found a "leaf" imprinted in the wood. You can see it at about 2:00 o'clock on the first picture.

The wood was a gift from Dieseldoc that he had rough turned some time ago. Great friend; great mentor!

The finish is 3 coats of Sanding Sealer; multiple coats of Tung Oil; 3 coats of paste wax.

An interesting challenge, as I had to buy a set of large Cole Jaws to hold the bowl while I turned the tenon off, and while I finished the bottom, and a tool rest that would reach inside this bowl. I also found that the grain on Redwood is "interesting" in that it goes every which way and there is a big difference between the hard and soft parts of the grain.

Sorry for the quality of the pictures; I took them with my iPhone.

Your comments are most welcome. Now i just have to figure out what to put in the bowl....it looks kind of naked just sitting there.
 

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WWorkman

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Great looking bowl, the wood grain is nice and the "leaf" is one of those hidden bonuses you get now and then.

Here is Walnut/Oak and Turquoise inlay bowl I made a while back that ended up having a near perfectly centered "Bowtie" in the bottom. Natures little suprises.


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For the dots on the top edge of the bowl I used a compass to layout the locations on some plain white paper matching the diameter of the top edge on the bowl. I used a sharp point punch to set the center of each hole and drilled down about 3/16" with a sharp brad point drill bit. Using the brad point bit gives more of a straight shoulder to the edges of the holes than a standard bit. The rings of inlay on the outer sides of the bowl were grooved out with a parting tool down about 3/16" also. I angled those cuts slightly inward on the edges to help lock in the inlay. I used a mix of coarse/medium and fine powder turquoise for the inlay and thin CA glue to lock it up.

***Before I started with inlay, I sealed the entire bowl with several coats of shellac to keep any runoff of the CA glue from penetrating the wood.
 

Warren White

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Thanks Bob,

Excellent description! I would love to try that on a future project.

Can you share where you get the inlay material?
 

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Warren;
You sure did the block of 100 year old redwood justice, very nice job with the tung oil, like I said it all take time. Congrats my friend.
Charlie
 

Warren White

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Thank you Charlie....

....not only for the wood, but also (and more importantly) your friendship and encouragement.

You 'da man!
 
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Warren - excellent work! I really like the way you finished the bottom. Classy.

BTW - that's so nice you shouldn't have to worry about putting anything in it!
 

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Love the finished bowl Warren you have mentioned to me on the phone how you value your friendship with Charlie,i believe you did him proud. I would mount this on a stand that revolves to display this beautiful grain and INHO suitable ,strong finish.

Kind regards to Charlie and yourself.

Peter.
 

WWorkman

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Excellent description! I would love to try that on a future project.

Can you share where you get the inlay material?

It has been some time ago but I purchased mine from: Walston Wood Works, there are also some sellers on ETSY selling the inlay materials for around the same price point.
 
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