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    PA shagbark hickory natural edge bowl

    I got this wood from a friend, and it was almost an OOPS!! I got the bottom VERY thin while reverse turning it, so I put a little "patch" of 3/16" cherry veneer on it to stiffen it up a bit. There's a little CA glue squeezeout, but I don't care too much about it. Boy is hickory HARD! This had been dead for a few years, but still standing, so was quite wet still. No exaggeration, hickory takes about 10X the sanding to really get all the marks out. I went the full series--80,100,120,150,180,220,280,320, and 400 on this one. The wood was quite smooth, and almost as shiny before finishing! It takes a really good polish. I used some CA glue to stiffen up the knot inclusion. The orange-red line through the center is not ringshake, but a natural figure. I used a dental pick to get out the beetle holes--their leftovers were pretty hard, and required some pretty coarse scratching to remove. The bowl is about 12.5" dia. and 6" deep, and just over 1/4" thick in most places, (except the bottom.....DOH). It is surprisingly heavy for the thickness. I wish I had a truckload of this wood!
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    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Austin TX

    That is really a nice bowl. I haven't worked with any Shagbark Hickory, yet, but I'll have to try some if I get the chance.

    Lee Laird
    Austin TX

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Wow, that came out really nice, Nathan. Bummer about the thin bottom, but if this stuff was easy, everybody'd be doing it, huh? Nice save nonetheless.

    For the harder bug trails, I've had good luck with a Dremel and a small diamond burr bit. With a light touch, it seems to powder the bug poop easily without carving up the surrounding wood.
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    Thanks guys. Vaughn, do you have a pic of the dremel bit?? also what speed do you use? I have a box full of little bits like that which I was going to use to fix a chipped mirror by gluing in resin--never got around to it. Anyway, I'd love to know what shape you found to work, b/c I have three more pieces of wood to turn!! I'm leaving soon for vacation, so I wont be able to reply for a week or so. Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by Nathan Hawkes; 07-27-2008 at 12:31 PM.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Tellico Plains, Tennessee
    That is a pretty bowl... I've not done a natural edge bowl yet... have to try one soon.
    I like it.
    Tellico Plains, TN
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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Nathan that is another beauty. Really nice wood and finish. Well done.
    Bernie W.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Tyler, Texas
    Beautiful bowl, Nathan. That Hickory really finished nicely. Great shape, too.

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