Jan

4

Walnut Salad Bowl Set (finished)

By Jim

After a very long delay, I finished the set of walnut salad bowls for Andy and Danielle.  It wasn’t quite in time to be a wedding gift, but it was only a couple of days late for a house-warming gift.

It turns out the walnut logs from my uncle weren’t properly dried and had severe checking.  At least 5 bowls exploded on me.  I ended up buying a 8/4 kiln dried walnut board for the bowls.  I was able to get the serving bowl out of one of the logs though.  You can see how much better the figure is in wood and how much deeper the color is (it’s the one with the natural edge).

They’re finished with three coats Behlen’s Salad Bowl Finish so I don’t poison my friends with the heavy metal driers in other finishes.

Now I can move on to other projects guilt free!

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Nov

30

Turned & Carved Bowl from India

By Jim

I wish I made this bowl, but I didn’t.  I went to India for work and picked up this bowl for next to nothing.  I’m not sure what kind of wood it is.  It looks similar to walnut.  The carving detail is great!

Nov

30

Maple Burl Bowl

By Jim

My first burl turning.  This bowl was once mistaken for pottery!

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Nov

29

Curly Maple Bowl

By Jim

I turned this bowl very thin out of a solid block of curly maple. It features a cocobolo disk in the bottom and two burned in rings on the rim. Some companies sell specialty tools to burn rings in turnings like this, but if you read the description, they’re just pieces of wire with wooden handles. Visit my shop made tools page to see mine.

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Nov

29

Paela Bowl

By Jim

When making this bowl as one of my first attempts at turning, I learned not to hollow out the bottom too far. I goofed and turned right through the paela block, but I fixed it by adding a cocobolo disk in the center. A slip-up became a feature.

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