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Thread: I took a commission....

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan

    I took a commission....

    I really did not want to, the guy is a pain in the behind, but he has been after me for a VERY long time to make a really big salad bowl..... out of my much loved hateful Keyaki wood too

    It should end up being about 12" in diameter, and maybe about 5" tall.

    Not that big, compared to most, but for me, without going the glue up route, this is a fairly big chunk of wood to have on hand. There is one crack in it that might be a problem, but I'm soaking that crack liberally with thin CA glue and crossing my fingers......

    Wish me luck!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    bethel springs TN, but was born and raised in north east PA
    Stu i really don't think you need any luck, your skills are just great. We've seen your work and we all know you make your own luck. So after saying all that GOOD LUCK

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Central Illinois
    Ditto what Steve said!

    Bruce Shiverdecker - Retired Starving Artist ( No longer a Part timer at Woodcraft, Peoria, Il.)

    "The great thing about turning is that all you have to do is remove what's not needed and you have something beautiful. Nature does the hard part!"

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Reno, Nv
    Glad your able to keep your mind off all the junk that has to keep you up nights. I'm sure it's gonna be a great bowl!
    Your Respiratory Therapist wears Combat boots

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Well... that should give you some more money to spend on toys. After all that's what comissions are for, aren't they?

    Besides, with your skills and experience you can make that in an afternoon, so where's the problem?
    Best regards,

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Stu that is looking good. I don't think with your skills you need luck.
    Bernie W.

    Retirement: Thats when you return from work one day
    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    I have faith that you'll get 'er done.

    Bet you're wishing you'd roughed out that blanks a few years ago, huh?
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Indianapolis area
    Looks like a good start. I'm sure the finish will be just as good.


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    Vince Lombardi

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Can't wait to see the finished product. I know that wood made outstanding pens!!!!!

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!


  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Well I got it done, I think the customer is happy.......

    There it is, not much of a nice pic, but the pain in the behind customer took it without the finish even being dry

    here is the crack I was worried about, fortuantely it did not spread or let go, so some CA glue and it adds "Character"

    From the inside the crack is not so bad.

    I finished it with mineral oil, which is good as this will be a daily user of a bowl.

    The customer when it was done had a good look at it and pointed out all the flaws, cracks and anything he did not like, what a goof, just can't please some people....

    Here is the happy customer..... I think he's happy..........

    I just realized he did not pay me!!

    Told you this guy is a pain in the behind..........

    (it's me...... just in case you don't recognize me with 57lbs less than before)

    What went on here in reality is that I now eat a LOT of fresh veggies, and I wanted a salad bowl to eat them from, one that I could toss the salad in and then eat it. Most of what I could find was either huge, like 16" or larger with a bunch of smaller bowls, or was plastic, no thanks

    Also all the wooden bowls I could find were just a bunch of scraps glued up, the workmanship was awful, some had a bondo like filler in them, tearout all over the place and just rotten finish, and they wanted most of an arm for one too. Well complaining about this sorry state of affairs, my lovely wife reminded me that I have this thing down in my Dungeon called a lathe, heck, I'd just about forgotten about it, had to remember where it was in the shop

    I took out the largest chunk of wood I had on the hoof and made this bowl, I'll be using it daily at the L shop to eat my lunch and supper veggies.

    Only hitch is my lovely wife saw it and said "Wow, that is beautiful, I'll take two just like it....."

    I guess I'll be looking up my arborist friend for some large pieces of wood.......

    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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