Last weekend I traded this bowl:
for this pickup truck:
The bowl is about 10 1/2" x 5 1/2", ironbark red eucalyptus (with some bonus curl) finished with wipe-on poly and hand-buffed with paste wax. So far, it's the biggest and best bowl I've made, despite having a large crack that had to be filled with epoxy/coffee, and breaking the tenon off and having to epoxy a temporary one on to finish turning the inside.
The truck is a 1997 4x4 Ford Ranger, 4.0L 5-speed XLT package. Also has a nearly-new Tommy Lift tailgate as a bonus. It's got about 230K miles on it, but the previous owner (my dad) drove the bulk of those miles on the highway, and was meticulous with the service intervals.
I think I did pretty good, but my dad thinks he did pretty good. He just moved into a new place, and he had an empty shelf that needed a bowl, so he asked me to make him one. Then. after he heard me mention a while back that I wanted to get a used truck to use as a lumber hauler to keep from tearing up my Lexus SUV, he decided he didn't need the truck any more, so he gave it to me. (He's getting to the age where he really has no business driving, especially a pickup with a stick shift. Oh well, one vehicle at a time, we'll wean him away from behind the wheel.) I used the trip to New Mexico to pick up the pickup as my chance to give him the bowl for his new house. Having lost my mom recently, any chance I get to spend with my dad is a good thing. This weekend was a good trip.