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    Natural Edge Bradford Pear Bowl

    After a few attempts, I finally got this one finished. It's Bradford Pear, about 10 1/2" by 8", and about 4 1/4" tall at the high wing. The blank (from eBay) had a scrape on the bark, leaving one bit of the edge barkless. I made an attempt to graft some spare bark into place after I rough turned it, but it's by no means seamless. It looks like a hunk of bark glued into a gap. (It's hidden pretty well in the pics, but it's pretty noticeable in person.) Ah well, it was good practice, and I'll sell it as a "second". The finish is my regular Antique Oil and lacquer combo. I haven't decided whether to buff it yet. I kind of like the slight matte finish in this one, but it'd also look nice glossed up.

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    It looks great to me!

    I really like the shape. Did you DNA it or was it totally green?

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    Thanks Pete. It was green, so I DNA'ed it. It moved a bit more than I expected when it dried, so came out a bit thinner than I had planned by the time I got it trued back up, but I like the thinness (about 3/16").
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    Lovely bowl Vaughn! Beautiful wood grain and color! Great form and really like the thickness - or rather the lack of it! Very nice work - as usual!
    Steve

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    Looks good to me! Great form.
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    Vaughn, that is a beaut for sure!

    Amazing how you got that thick bark to hang on for the ride.

    Pear wood is used here for the Japanese turned dolls.

    Cheers!
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    Terrific. I like the thinner walls.

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    Vaughn, wow! how did that bark stay on? Well Done!
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    That's truly a peary nice looking NE bowl, Vaughn!
    Billy B.

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    Very cool, Vaughn! What speed did you turn it at? Did you use anything special to keep the bark from flying off?

    Thanks,

    Bill

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