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Thread: Catalpa Bowl

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    Catalpa Bowl

    First experience with this wood. It was not a pleasurable experience until I put the oil on the bowl and saw the color and grain pop. Up until then I had decided (and I'm pretty sure I still feel this way) I won't be turning any more of it. The wood was about halfway dry when I roughed it and still everywhere shavings touched metal it rusted. I don't mean just light surface rust - I mean almost corrosive! Anyway, lesson learned. The bowl ended up 16-1/2" wide and 7-1/2" deep.






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    Nice looking but I hear you on the .........

    "Won't be turning much of this wood again"

    .......... exactly how I feel about the Japanese Elm I have.....

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    Fine-looking bowl there, Mark. Very pretty wood, even if you don't like working with it. (I've got some of those, too.)

    Out of curiosity, where'd you get that short white bucket I see in the last pic?

    BTW, real men don't whine and complain when they get a little rust in the shop.
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    Vaughn, I got that bucket from Mike Stafford back a few years ago. He had come across them somewhere - I believe they were used for something in the food industry. It has a lock ring that seals it up. I keep my alcohol in there, as you probably guessed.
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    Woosh....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Cothren View Post
    Vaughn, I got that bucket from Mike Stafford back a few years ago. He had come across them somewhere - I believe they were used for something in the food industry. It has a lock ring that seals it up. I keep my alcohol in there, as you probably guessed.
    Oh, it really is a short bucket. Here I thought it was a 5 gallon bucket nearly up to its neck in shavings. I guess your shop's cleaner than I thought.
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    I love the look of that wood. Hope I can find some. I'll remember to wax things up good before turning it.

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    All in all it turned out nice. I just made a turkey call out of catalpa, wonderful sounding boxcall

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