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    Basswood Bowl

    Well got a piece of basswood from Dick Strauss. Got around to turning it yesterday. It has a lot of spalt in it. Was kinda punky and difficult to turn. I busted the tenon off 3 times and decided to use a faceplate which meant screw holes. So I saved the sanding dust mixed with epoxy to fill them. The Hunter tool worked pretty good on it and also spent some time sanding. I think it turned out pretty good especially with the spalt. So anyway with a little patience made it work. It has 1 coat of antique oil on it. It is 10" X 4".
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    Bernie, very nice bowl, I can see the filled screwholes, were you able to sand off the turning marks, as I can see that this is pretty hard stuff to turn.
    Had last the same with a piece of Prunus, oh boy, not to sand.
    Keep em coming Bernie.

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    Looks great, too bad about the screw holes, but well worth the save, sure is lovely wood!
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    Sometimes you do what you've gotta do. Nice save, Bernie.
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    Nice wood Bernie, and nice looking bowl too!

    cheers

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    I wouldn't usually think of Basswood as turning stuff, but, with that spalting you made it into a pretty object.

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    Bernie, I read an interview with David Ellsworth that stated everyone's pieces used to have screw holes...well many of mine still do.

    Well Done! Never knew basswood could look that good.
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    Thanks all. Yes this was probably the hardest piece I had to turn. A couple of places I used epoxy mixed with DNA to the consistancy of milk painted on the soft spots till it wouldn't take anymore. The LOML says it will make a nice fruit bowl. I really like the spalting and color of it. I will post another picture when I get the final finish on it.
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