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Thread: Roly-Poly Sunrise Bowl

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Roly-Poly Sunrise Bowl

    My ash firewood stash is finally starting to crack faster than I can turn it, so I've been doing what I can with what I've got. I went through a lot of failed ideas on this one before I ended up with the final product. The story behind it is long, and I have a hundred or so pics to sort through before I can tell it, but for now, here's what I ended up with. It's about 12 1/4" wide and 7 1/2" tall,with no foot...just a rounded bottom. I'm considering turning an ebony donut for it to sit on, so it can be tilted in different orientations. The cracks are filled with black epoxy. I also burned the rim with a propane torch. It's finished with sprayed USL (water-based acrylic lacquer) colored with TransTint dyes. Instead of dying the wood, I dyed the clear finish. (As I said, the story of how I got there is long. I'll post the whole thing in a day or two.) No buffing yet...just how the USL came out of the gun, and I might just leave it that way.

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    As usual, comment, critiques, suggestions, and questions are all welcome.
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  2. #2
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Very interesting. I like it.
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  3. #3
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    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Very nice Vaughn! It reminds me of the brush fires you had last year, or were they just this year? Flames on the outside and burnt on the inside.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    That is a nice bowl Vaughn I really like that one cracks and all. Ya done good
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    the donut idea is definitly off the wall vaughn and those folk over there just might jump on the look of it..the color is great..
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  6. #6
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    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State
    Very unique piece and I am anxiously waiting for "the rest of the story". The donut is a great ideal also.

  7. #7
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    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Looks really good, like the colors, the burnt area, compliments the cracks

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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    The cracks give the piece that extra kick. The dye and the burnt rim give the piece a new meaning of Firewood.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Southeast Pa
    Very interesting, waiting for the rest of the story. I think the donut idea will really look good.


  10. #10
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    Apr 2009
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
    Looks great!
    Should be a great conversation piece.
    The cracking gives the bowl character.


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