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    Birdseye Maple bowl

    Thought I'd kick off this new forum with a picture/s of a birdseye maple bowl I turned on the lathe for my wife. some of you may have seen it before...sorry.

    A friend gave me a hunk of birdseye that he was saving in a much longer length to make himself a gunstock out of. It sat in his barn and the powder post beetles took up residence. He cut it into pieces for bowls and gave me a chunk. I was almost ready to part the bowl from the bottom (as it turned out saucer) when my wife came in the shop and asked me not to part it but rather leave it this way to look like a saucer....I always do as she asks, so this is how it ended up, and she loves it. Happy wife, happy life I always say.
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    That's some real nice wood. I think you did good the way it is.

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    Yep, I've seen that before, but I sure don't mind seeing it again!

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    Beautiful bowl and wood. I hope your friend has good luck making a gunstock from that. The gunstockers I know (including the one about to build my next gun) won't work with birdseye maple. The 'eyes' are just too delicate and can pop out when working. Of course, they do work other figured maples (mine will be tiger striped) but the 'eyes' don't have it for them.

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    I hadn't seen that one before, Steve. That's some SERIOUSLY pretty wood. Great job.
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    That is nice stuff! If I keep looking at things like that I might slip into learning how to do spinny things too! -- but it seems I've got my hands full doing the flat stuff

    Jay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Knoll View Post
    If I keep looking at things like that I might slip into learning how to do spinny things too! -- but it seems I've got my hands full doing the flat stuff

    Jay
    Jay I mostly do flatwork in my shop but I find the lathe to be a nice break and you get that "instant gratification" you hear so often used by turners....go ahead and learn, enroll in a class if you'd like, it is really a lot of fun.
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    Isn't recycling of pic against the forum rules? Where's the pic police?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Young View Post
    Isn't recycling of pic against the forum rules? Where's the pic police?
    Jim somewhere back a few days after this forum got started we unanimously voted you as the pic police.
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    That's a great looking bowl. I really like the "saucer".

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