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    bradford pear bowl

    heres a couple pics of my latest bowl. it's like the thrid one i've done. it's made from a bradford pear we took down at the job site to make room for a swimming pool. i alway hear that the root ball has some of the best grain, so i thought i'd cut out a piece and give it a try. not knowing what i was getting into, this is some hard wood and even though i let it sit in dna for 48 hours, and then wraped it in paper,let it dry for three weeks it still warped like no bodys business. i know there not the best pics but some day the wife will get a new camera thanks for looking and please tell me what i can do better, as i know i 100% rookie.
    Steve
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    Well done, very nice finishes also. I note you commented on how hard this stuff is. I had the same experience turning a rolling pin for the wife. Hard-hard.

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    Nice job on the bowl Steve, especially for your third one. Very pretty wood - and I agree with the bit about it being hard stuff when it's dry.
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    Beautiful wood and nice call on saving the wood for something other than personal warmth From one rookie to another, I would like to see bigger/closer pictures with the picture focused better; these eyes are old but not dead (kinda like Terry Hatcher in HD). It looks like a great example of what you can do and a great chunck of wood to do it with.
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    Great looking bowl out of some beautiful wood.
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    I picked up some Bradford Pear a couple of weeks back... one piece is about 12 or 13" diameter x about 15" long... haven't done anything with it other than paint the ends ... as soon as a finish my remodel job on the master bath, I want to get into that... hope mine turns out as well as yours did.
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    thanks guys. just woundering is it common for the root ball to warp as bad as this one did ? i left it about 3/8 inches thick, and when i took it out of the wrap i coun't get it completely round as it was just to warped. it is close but it's about 1/16 inches thich in most places.i didn't dare go any thiner as i was shore it would come apart.
    Steve

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    I've turned a few pieces of various root balls, and I've seen them move a fair amount when drying. The one piece of regular ol' Bradford pear I've turned moved quite a bit on me too, so I suspect you might have gotten a double whammy.
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    Nice form, Steve! The only comment I have is that I don't think the foot quite fits with it. I'd either turn it away or make it a bit bigger to complement the base of the bowl.

    I've worked with pear several times in the past, and it does tend to move a lot. I think all fruit woods share that characteristic.

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    Good looking bowl Stephen. I've not worked with any fruit wood yet looking forward to the challange
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