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    California (Wild)Firewood Bowl

    Back in June at the show I did in Malibu, some guy came up to me in the booth and gave me a piece of wood. He said it was a Manzanita burl that had been burned in one of the Malibu wildfires. Sure enough it looked like a half-burned log out of a campfire. I told him I'd see what was inside, but I didn't have a lot of hope for it. It's been sitting wrapped in plastic bags in the driveway until recently. I figured since I'm doing the same show again this weekend, I should try to make something out of it in case the guy comes back by the booth.

    Here's what I started with...

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    So I lopped off the horns a bit...

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    Mounted it between centers...

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    And spun it up...

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    Turned a tenon on the bottom. This is showing some promise...

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    Hollowed the inside. Even more promising...

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    (Continued in the next post...)
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    California (Wild)Firewood Bowl (continued)

    I put a few coats of shellac on the charcoal parts to seal them, then a coat of Formby's Tung Oil Finish on the exposed wood. After letting that sit a few days, I hit it with multiple coats of spray lacquer...satin on the burned parts and gloss on the exposed parts. Here's what I ended up with...

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    I guess you could say that I'll do just about anything to avoid having to sand the outside of a bowl.

    Comments, critiques and questions are welcome and appreciated.
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    OK, that has to be one of the more original pieces I've ever seen, how cool it that!

    I hope the guy that gave you the wood shows up, and it blows him away!
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    What Stu said.....
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    What a unique and meaningful piece for the area Vaughn. Taking a piece of wood that was ruined due to a local fire and making a great piece of art Just kool and the "smoke ring" created by the fire creates such feeling for the piece. That is a winner Vaughn, I just love your talent to make a silk purse out of a sows ear

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    Wow! it looks like the fire is still burning inside that piece. Really cool.

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    AWESOME!!!!!

    Good thing it went to a turner.....a flatlander would have cut all the burnt off
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    That is very striking - in every essence of that word. If you offer that for sale, crank it into four figures. It would be worth every cent to someone!

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    Very cool Vaughn.

    I like the 'burnt edges' effect and the red insides.

    I hope the guy who gave it to you shows up to see what you did to it!
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    Very original and turned out beautiful. I would have never seen that in that hunk of burned wood. There is probably a lot of that laying out there in the burned areas.

    Very nice work.

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