Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Central New York
bowl from TT's box elder
Some time back I got a fantastic haul of box elder from TT and since one piece was a large, already-dried, bowl blank, I attacked it first. It wasn't the best piece in the bunch by far in terms of color but it was a great size/shape, so I like the way it turned out.
Since one of the many people who don't like my segmented bowls is my wife, I never think that she might like one of my turnings, but it's the multi-colored "garishness" of the segmented bowls that she doesn't like so I maybe shouldn't have been as surprised as I was at her reaction to this one. Basically, she made it VERY clear to me that she now knows exactly what she's going to get on her next birthday or Xmas, whichever comes first. I looked it up, and her birthday comes first. BUT ... she's out of town for several days and I managed to get 6 coats of shellac on it topped off by a vigorously rubbed coat (to keep the gloss down) of satin finish polyurethane, all topped off by a further vigorous rubbing with a fresh 1000 grit Abralon pad to completely take off any hint of a shine (she doesn't like hi-gloss) and I got some decent-smelling potpourri (apples and cinnamon) to fill it with and a few large artificial flowers (my preference was dried flowers, which we both like, but I couldn't find a decent selection).
Here's the result, just in time for when she gets back tomorrow. If I keep it stuck away until her birthday, I'll just forget the way I always do, so I thought I'd surprise her. Since she doesn't like garish, I may have overdone it on the color, what do you think?