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Thread: Shallow Siberian Elm Bowl

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Shallow Siberian Elm Bowl

    This is some Siberian Elm I got last year from big tree that was taken down in my neighborhood. It's been rough turned for about a year and a half, but I wasn't looking forward to finishing it because past experience with other blanks from this tree has shown me how hard Siberian Elmcrete can be once it's dry. (I still have to finish turn the 20" mother bowl this one was cored out of. I'm not looking forward to the process.)

    This is nothing fancy, just a shallow bowl, but the figure's pretty nice...this blank was from a crotch in the tree. It's about 13" wide and 2 1/4" tall. I decided to do a slight ogee profile on the outside, just for grins. The finish is polymerized tung oil from Lee Valley. This one still needs buffing and waxing, but I'm in no hurry.

    Click on the pics to see a bigger view...

    Comments, critiques, suggestions, and questions are all welcome.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    I didn't know that there were any elm trees left in the US.

    It's got a lot of character. I really like it.
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    bethel springs TN, but was born and raised in north east PA
    Vaughn that elm may of been a bear to turn,but as always you showed it who was boss. Can't what to see it's momma.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    Nice and clean shape, very pleasing to the eye the wood has great figure All in all a great piece Vaughn

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Vaughn that is some pretty wood. I really like the simple shape and finish looks great.
    Bernie W.

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Well done Vaughn!
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Harvey, Michigan
    Great looking bowl Vaughn! Love the color and grain!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    "Elmcrete", Heh...

    Sure "turned" out nice...

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State
    I always amazes me what wood can be pretty. Elm is a weed tree in my area and impossible to get rid of. After seeing that bowl maybe a person should not be in such a hurry to get rid of all of them. That is very pretty.
    "We the People ......"

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    I have to agree with Paul, that's a pretty nice looking weed!

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