Sunday, September 1, 2013

Natural Apple

I roughed this bowl out in May, it was pretty straightforward despite the knots, however, once dry it was a different story, the outside was OK, but the inside was hard as iron and very prone to making the gouge snatch and difficult to control, hence I ended up using a carbide scraper to finish off shaping the interior curve, naturally this resulted in a mishap (how unusual!) and an unpleasant pair of cracks appeared from the rim down through what is now the red coloured section, however, by judicious use of CA glue and liberal coats of lacquer  cut back I was able to effect a repair that is as good as invisible, what luck!

The natural edge looks a little strange, this is because it isn't trully natural, the section above the red bit was in fact sawn by the logger, so I had to do a little shaping, also the bark was extremely fibrous which meant I had to dispense with much of it as it steadfastly refused to tidy up, being utterly determined to look as hairy as possible.

The feathered section I have coloured Yellow combined with the overall scheme looks very like an idealised comet in the night sky, so I will likely market the bowl with that as a theme.

The colour is Chestnuts spirit stain and cellulose lacquer cut with buffing compound and polished on the 3 wheel system.


  1. Sir, this is a beautiful looking piece to my eye. I love your colored turnings and you have inspired me to go in that direction with some of my turning. I am a relative newcomer to turning wood (18 months or so) but your work, and others have inspired me to try harder and helped me get better. Thanks.

    1. Thank you Turning Wood, It's very nice of you to leave a comment. I am very pleased you like the bowl and I hope you have fun and success in trying your hand at colouring .

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