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Thread: Walnut Bark-Edged NE Bowl

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    Walnut Bark-Edged NE Bowl

    A couple of shows ago, I had a guy come to my booth and admire one of my bark-edged NE bowls. I told him I had made one out of walnut, but it had sold already. He asked if I could make another one, since he has a walnut dining set and he thought it'd be a nice addition. I told him I'd have to get back to him on it.

    I ended up getting a nice big chunk of walnut from "Mr. Natural Edge", Mark Cothren. (Thanks, Mark!) It ended up about 16" x 13 1/2" x 7 1/2" tall. The finish is Antique Oil, with a seal coat of sprayed dewaxed shellac, then a final few coats of spray satin laquer. Dry sanded from 320 up to 600, then buffed with tripoli and Renaissance wax. It ended up with a nice, smooth surface, without too much gloss. (But too much work.)

    I'll contact the guy and see if he's still interested in this bowl. If not, it'll go on the show table with the rest of 'em.

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    Looking at the photos, I'm not completely happy with the outside curve. I may end up putting it back on the late and turning the bump out of it. Not looking forward to the refinishing necessary, though.

    Comments and critiques are welcome...
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    Well if you say it has to go back on the lathe, that is fine, but from here, it sure looks nice!
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    Yeah that bump makes it look terrible. Vaughn, I don't see no stinking bump....look beautiful. Well Done
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    Yep Vaughn get that thing back on the lathe and make it look decent.

    Seriously it is a beauty. Looks good from what I see.
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    Vaughn that is a beautiful bowl!

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    Vaughn,

    I think that's way too good to risk putting it back on for another ride! Like Voltaire said: "Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien."

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    vaughn, was that a trick comment??? i don't see no stinking bump either. what are your chances of keeping a uniform wall if you rechuck it?

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    Well, I've decided the bump will stay as-is. I can see it fine in the pics, but in person, I have to work REAL hard to see it. For the non-believers, here's what I'm talking about:



    I know it's being nit-picky. I can be pretty critical when I look at someone else's work...I don't think I should be any different about my own.
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    Vaughn,

    I think you are right and it does not look repairable. Why don't you send it my way and I will save you the trauma of looking at it and fretting.

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    Looks good Vaughn.

    To help me find "bumps" in a curve before I take the piece off the lathe, I use a cabinet scraper, (but a 6" rule works just as well). Just rock the thin edge on the curve and you will feel the bump or flat spot real easy.

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