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  • Power Carved Bowl

    Hello All!
    It's been a little while since I have been on the forums. Glad to be back!

    I'm not sure that I mentioned this before, but..... I love bowls! I have been turning bowls for about 5 years or so. I have given many of them away and have many more all over the house. Some get daily use, others sit around and look pretty. As much as I love turning bowls, I have always had a desire to try and carve one. What I don't like about turning is that you are mostly limited to the round form. Yes, you can do some off center turning and produce some wild designs, but nothing like what you could produce from carving.

    OK... So.... Enough about turning... This is a carving forum after all!

    Below are some pics of a bowl that I power carved from a piece of redbud tree that I cut down around 2 years ago. The wood was fairly seasoned and hard. I didn't have to worry about the wood drying out too fast and splitting so I carved it from the end grain. The wood has spalting, knots, wild grain, and cracks which I think give it a lot of character. I carved the bowl mainly using an angle grinder and disks from King Arthur Tools. The bowl is finished with Danish Oil.

    As always, critique, comments, criticism is welcome!

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    That's a really nice lookin bowl Wayne......maybe you've found yourself a new hobby!!
    The grain stands out very nicely and the knots give it real character.. Nice work, thanks for sharing.
    Jim

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    • #3
      Re: Power Carved Bowl

      Great looking bowl.

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      • #4
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        Just beautiful! You made a real eye catcher.

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        • #5
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          Jim, that looks great! I've thought about doing a bowl, but I don't have a lathe. You've given me the idea on how it can be done. I've noticed the root damage burls that form on the roots of larger trees...... Like the "rolled" burls that form on oak roots after shaving them once or twice with the lawn mower. These will even hold a bit of water at times, begin to rot a bit in a bowl form. Those are what I want to investigate.

          Yours is really nice. I love the way the oil brought out that wonderful grain. Thanks for sharing.

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          • #6
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            Nice looking bowl, I have no idea how you would even start. I think it looks great, we are having a lettuce salad with dinner tonight if you would like to come over... uhmm...bring a bowl.
            Great job!
            ~ Dwight
            "Hello, I am the Friggin' Happiness Fairy and I just sprinkled happy dust on you, so smile damit' this crap is expensive."

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            • #7
              Re: Power Carved Bowl

              Fitting life for a piece of redbud. Beautiful tree and now beautiful artwork. Great job!

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              • #8
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                Yeah, ditto all of the above, great looking bowl with oodles of character.

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                • #9
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                  Thanks for the nice comments everyone! I am pretty fond of the bowl myself. It turned out better than I expected.
                  I think I am going to try to carve one out of some green wood next. I've never tried to carve green wood before as I was afraid of it cracking while drying out. I have read about a few tricks that I can use to slow the drying down and minimize cracking. Gonna give it a shot. Wish me luck!

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