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Untitled Bowl

Woods and Metal

Soft Maple

Willow

Caragana Rounds in bottom of bowl

Curlleaf Mountain Mahogany Round in bottom of bowl

Brass

Finish: Beeswax and Hutt Pen Polish

A Brief Account of Turning This Bowl and Lid: Click the link or see below.

Price: $800.00

A Brief Account of the Iterations of This Bowl:

How do you know when you are through with a turning? Somethings are obvious, but such was not the case with me and this bowl. Sometimes I must live with a particular work for an extended period of time before I know that it is finished with me!

I turned the bowl about three years ago from a square of Soft Maple. After it had sat around for several weeks, I decided I would liven it up a little with some rounds cut from Caragana and Curlleaf Mountain Mahogany. I cut a shallow recess in the bottom of the bowl, cut the limb pieces of Caragana (~1/2 inch diameter) and cut the piece of Curlleaf Mountain Mahogany (~1 1/4 inches diameter). I mixed up some dyed sanding dust(blue) with glue, and then I glued the rounds into place. Once my glue had cured, I recut the bottom of the bowl and applied the wax finish. I thought I was through.

Recently, I decided this bowl needed a lid. Since the bowl came from a piece of square stock, I made the lid from a square blank. (This blank was Willow, but I'm not sure which variety). And since the bowl had corners that turned down, I made the lid with corners that turned up. I wanted something different for the handle, something that would set off the whole work but yet blend with the overall style. When I came up with the idea of suspending a willow handle on 1/4" brass rod, I knew I was on to something. Because the rods are set at an angle, lifting on the lid can not pull the rods free.

If you have not tried turning willow, I recommend you try it. I found it to cut quite easily and without chipping on the corners as I cut the up-turned curves. The soft maple had more of a tendency to chip. I am not sure if willow wood is available commercially, but it is a common tree. You may have neighbors who have such a tree that needs to come down or that has a large branch that must to be removed. (It is a good idea to convince your neighbor first. This is always an easier route than trying to explain just why their tree is lying on the ground when they discover you standing there, grinning triumphantly, chainsaw in hand!)

I welcome your comments/questions on this particular work. You can email me at Wood Turned Art.

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