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    Bodark Mortar & Pestle

    OK, guys. I want you to know this did not happen easily. This wood was dried out and hard as granite. This set did not happen in an hour. More like 2 1/2 hours. The pestle came from 2 tries. But, I sometimes like to do something shaped different from the ordinary so here this is. So ya know the mortar is 4 1/4" diameter, 2 1/4" high, and 1 1/4" deep. I would have gone a little bit deeper but something in the wood just kept on catching so I stopped where I was. Did not matter if I used a heavy scraper or gouge. The pestle is 4" long and on the grinding end it is 1 1/4" in diameter. I burned the lines using an old 1/2" skew I keep around just for this purpose. I usually burn the lines with it spinning around 1200. The finish is my usual. Sealed with walnut oil and polished with my walnut oil/shellac mixture. Hopes ya likes it.


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    Very nice work, Dave! I really like the shapes of both pieces.
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    That's a real gem. I like the end grain orientation and the facets.

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    Very cool.
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    Thanks, fellers! I appreciate it.

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    That is a real beauty. I like the shape of both the pestle and mortar. The wood is very pretty, I have always like the rich look it gives.
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    Very neat. I turn a lot of OO and like it. Hope you realize that it will turn walnut dark fairly soon.
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    Dave,
    When I grow up, hope I can do as well you with my turnings.... love Bodark.

    My last mortar and pestle was turned out of a chunk of white oak that had been sitting a while... I do more the apothecary style....
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    Thanks again. Yes, Frank. I know it turns colors. I always thought it more a burnt orange color, but hey! It definitely changes color in time depending on how much exposure to air it gets. I like that style as well, Chuck. I do them all different kinds of ways. Just whatever hits me while I'm turning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hoskins View Post
    Thanks again. Yes, Frank. I know it turns colors. I always thought it more a burnt orange color, but hey! It definitely changes color in time depending on how much exposure to air it gets. I like that style as well, Chuck. I do them all different kinds of ways. Just whatever hits me while I'm turning.
    Not picking nits.....well, maybe I am..... But, it is exposure to light that makes the color change.
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