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Thread: Funky, Punky Maple Bowl

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Funky, Punky Maple Bowl

    This wood was advertised as spalted flame maple, but it doesn't look like any flame maple I've ever met. Whatever it is, it was some punky stuff that really wanted to tear out badly. The wood hardness also varied widely, so some spots were much software than others. Even though I was able to eventually get pretty clean cuts, what sanding I did made it more and more uneven, so I decided to go all the way and sand it hard all over, making it consistently uneven everywhere. This ended up giving it more of a rustic sculpted or carved feel. You can see the uneven edge in the detail shot below. (Looks like I used a dull rock as a bowl gouge.) Not the original plan, but a pleasant surprise to me. It's 11 1/4" wide x 3" tall, sanded to 220 and finished with Formby's Low Gloss Tung Oil mix.

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    This is bowl #20 for me, so I'm still learning. Suggestions and opinions are welcomed.
    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
    Feb 2007
    s. Barrington,IL.
    Vaughan it may have been a bear to finish but I think you did a good job of saving it. The graining is very exciting.Remeber when you don't think they look great they become an art piece for the next person.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Beautiful bowl Vaughn. I like the wood a lot. Nice job and save.
    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.

  4. #4
    Nice bowl. I like the grain of that wood.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Yer gettin' that bowl business down good. Have you thought about using a wood hardener on something like this one? I understand Min Wax has a hardener.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Well, sometimes you just try too hard to make it into something you want, sometimes you just got to go with it, like you did here, I think the results speak for themselves
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Central Illinois
    Well done. I like the effect!

    If you want to make punky wood the same hardness, brush on some "Wood Hardner." I've used it and the results were fine.


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