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Thread: Natural Edge Walnut Bowl for Mrs. Niemi

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    Natural Edge Walnut Bowl for Mrs. Niemi

    I'm way behind on posting pics of this one. A few months before the Tour de Wood 2010, Tom Niemi asked me to make a bowl for him to give to his wife. We arranged to get some of Larry's Michigan chocolate shipped to SoCal, and I had this bowl waiting for Tom when he got here with the Tour. Actually, I made two bowls, and Tom got the pick of the litter. He did choose the better of the two. It's 17" x 10 1/4", and about 5 1/2" tall at the tips of the wings. The finish is my standard Formby's and PL buff, with Renaissance wax afterward.

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    Last I heard, Mrs. Niemi was happy with her new bowl. Opinions, suggestions, and finger-pointing are all welcome -
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    I can certainly see why she is happy!

    Nice work as usual Vaughn!
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    i heard she was very happy with it vaughn, tom didnt surface for 3 days after giving her the gift
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    Looks like a potato chip. Beautiful, Vaughn
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    Vaughn went over the top for me with this NE bowl, it is way beyond my expectations and she LOVES it and so do I, thanks again Vaughn it is WELL DONE

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    So is there a special spot for it in the new kitchen??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    So is there a special spot for it in the new kitchen??
    Nope, but there will be a special spot in the living room right in the middle of a great big slab of walnut

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    That's one sweet looking Chip of a bowl! Betcha can't make just one!
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    How do I offer any critique contribution for work like this? When my best work is a handle at that. All i can give you is an atta boy Vaughn. Now you set the benchmark high you need to stretch it to get something higher cause we now expect this from you at a minimum. I am still utterly amazed at how that bark stays on there heck not just the bark all the endgrain wood. Mine version would be laced with Chucks coffee grains and expoxy solutions to chip out. So my version would be called and expresso chocolate bowl.
    cheers

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    Thanks for the comments, guys.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    ...I am still utterly amazed at how that bark stays on there heck not just the bark all the endgrain wood...
    Sharp tools are key, but part of the trick for me is being good at patching bark, too. As I recall, there were a couple of small pieces that came off on this one, but careful work with scrap bark, medium CA glue, and a good woodburner, and the repairs can be made nearly invisible.

    Regarding the endgrain wood, this was turned in a side grain orientation like most other bowls. (Turned from half a log, if that makes sense.) Mark Cothren did a good pictorial of the process in this thread:

    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ad.php?t=13180
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