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Couple of lidded bowls, problem with one

Here are two segmented bowls I turned recently. The main parts are ash, the dark trim is something I got from cut-offs being sold at the local Woodcraft store. Anyway, after finishing with a couple coats of lacquer, some of the segments on one bowl turned a really ugly dark color. Any one have any ideas why?
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The only thing that comes to mind is that different woods and different grains react to finishes differently. I don't think that it is an ugly dark colour. It gives it character. Personally, I think that you did a great job and they both look fantastic. I'm envious of your turning talent.
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Personally, I think that you did a great job and they both look fantastic. I'm envious of your turning talent.
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Ditto! What Ken said. Very nice style. I can't begin to imagine how to came up with the idea to glue up those blanks.
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Ditto! What Ken said. Very nice style. I can't begin to imagine how to came up with the idea to glue up those blanks.
Inspiration can be stimulated by looking at what others are doing, just Google "segmented turning" and browse some of these guys galleries. Simply Awesome!

Then, after being appropriately humbled by seeing what is possible, you can "adapt" an idea and start the fun, looking through your lumber pile for grain patterns, color,etc.
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I really like them,like Kenbo says,"Character".It gives a certain one of a kind status,unique,Not massed produced.Great job.

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All of the ash segments were cut from the same board. The end of the board had that almost elliptical grain pattern from the stump area of the tree where the roots start to broaden out,you know, that gives you that weak unstable lumber. The first bowl was made from that wood and the second from farther up the board in straighter grain. I showed the bowls to my youngest daughter, who is a forestry student at Va. Tech, and all she came up with was maybe the tree had some sort of mineral deposit at its base,but she was just speculating too.
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I have worked with many boards that have a very different color from one end of the board to the other across an 8 foot span... i think it is just part of the nature of lumber.

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Could just be the wood, might be a bit more to the end grain. That will take a finish much different than cross grain. More open pours to suck up the finish. If you ever stained pine you know what I mean.
Great looking piece, nice job.
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