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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?
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Geez Paul, that's gorgeous. Absolutely incredible. I am in awe.

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I really like the form and the wood is gorgeous.

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I really like the form and the wood is gorgeous.
Thanks. If you want to see some REALLY gorgeous box elder, check out my box elder page ... not very far down is one particular plank that was in the haul I got from TT. You'll know it when you see it but you may think it was created with Photoshop ... it's hard to believe that it's really just wood.

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Ken, Thanks. So you don't think maybe I overdid it with the colored flowers?

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I gotta get me some of that

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Paul, that's awesome! I can't get over the colors.
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Ken, Thanks. So you don't think maybe I overdid it with the colored flowers?

Paul

I wasn't going to comment on the flowers. They.....are.....um....artificial?
The bowl is still awesome.

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I love the box elder, makes a great looking piece
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I wasn't going to comment on the flowers.
Very generous of you

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Fantastic looking bowl you have there, the form does very well at bringing out the color. I've got a whole rack of box elder drying right now, but I won't be able to get into it until this winter, but seeing your bowl I may try to turn a bit anyway.

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Another nice piece Paul. The flowers really bring out the color in the bowl.
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Well, I'm happy to report that my wife got back and she loves it, bright flowers and all.

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that is one nice bowl you made there Paul.

almost looks like a red handprint.

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that is one nice bowl you made there Paul.

almost looks like a red handprint.
Interesting you should mention that Gus, since I had the very same thought. In fact, I had a bit of a chuckle at one point when I was doing the finishing because I had it in a grip that coincidentally put a couple of my fingers nearly on top of a couple of the streaks and as I was changing position and noticed it I had just an instantaneous fleeting thought that it looked like something from a horror film and I was bleeding on my bowl.

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Now that's stunning

That is one stunning bowl. I am sure your wife will love it. I love the colors and the shape will always be in style

Great work.
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Paul that's a knock-out!


I just harvested some more and a few logs were pure eye candy. One was spalted but little to no punk within the lines and that's rare for this species. I'll save a chunk of it for you. And you are right this stuff sucks to turn dry. This one will be green and I'll get it to you asap. I think you need a picture of some really well-spalted but still sound fbe on your site and you take better pics than me. After you photo it you might as well turn it into something.

Anyway great job on the bowl.
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Paul that's a knock-out!


I just harvested some more and a few logs were pure eye candy. One was spalted but little to no punk within the lines and that's rare for this species. I'll save a chunk of it for you. And you are right this stuff sucks to turn dry. This one will be green and I'll get it to you asap. I think you need a picture of some really well-spalted but still sound fbe on your site and you take better pics than me. After you photo it you might as well turn it into something.

Anyway great job on the bowl.

TT, I'm glad you like what I did w/ your wood, and I'd love to get some spalted BE. Let me know when you have another box for me and I'll get you some money.

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Great looking form. You did the Box Elder well. That wood is nice to work with. Thanks for sharing.
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Awesome work Paul
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How much of that stuff ya got left , TT???

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