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Old 04-06-2014, 08:41 PM   #1
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Default Laminated bowl is complete at last!

This is the bowl that gave me so much trouble gluing up due to a slight warping of the laminated rings. Fortunately, by using uneven gluing pressure, I was able to compensate, and the glue joints came out well.

The main wood is quarter sawn red oak, center ring is glued up from redwood burl, and the dark wood at the top and bottom is nogal, which is like walnut. The construction is very much like the bowl that just appeared in SSW&C, and shows how much variation you can get by varying the preparation of the blanks. My aim was to use only wood that I had on hand, which meant some deviation from my original plans, but I'm quite happy with the results, and now can justify a trip to the lumber yard.
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Wow Carole! That came out great. Thanks for sharing your artistry with us. I do not know about the others but your work does inspire me to try different things.

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Very nice work Carole love the colors of the bowl and the grain stands out, nice job
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Sweeeeeet to the max, love how you positioned the grain in that oak.
Never saw or heard of Nogal before. Just love the stuff you can learn around here.
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Gorgeous Carole. I agree with Gloria on the beauty of the oak grain!
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It is a beauty! Your sanding skills are amazing. If I didn't know you I would say that this bowl was done on a lathe.
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Absolutely beautiful, Carole. Superb design, execution and craftsmanship. Dick
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This is beautiful, nobody will think this was made from a scroll saw, you are very talented and must have lot's of patience.
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Thanks all, for the enthusiastic comments. I'd been wanting to try out this color combo for a while, ever since seeing a lovely lathe-turned bowl that used it, but had to figure out ways to use the wood I had on hand.

Quarter sawn oak is about as different from the big box oak as it can be--free from cathedrals and unpredictable grain. I found a cutoff piece a while ago, in red oak, but it wasn't wide enough for a ring. That's why I decided to use segments--sort of the tail wagging the dog. The red oak was a better match for the redwood burl than white oak, which I hadn't expected.

I was saving a small block of redwood for the past few years, unable to use it because of its awkward shape. We sliced it into 1/2" wide slices, and I used my handy octagonal glue-up method to tease the strips into a ring shape. I think that technique is a really useful innovation, and I'm pleased to have developed it. Its origin is in the candy dish from the bowl book--I often re-visit old projects for new ideas.

Using the nogal worked well. This was also found on the cutoff pile--who ever heard of nogal? It's a dirty wood to work with--lots of dark sawdust--but soft and easy to cut and sand, and very dark. I just tried out different combos with the veneer until something looked promising. One of the fun things about scrolled bowls is that you can work ring by ring, and develop the project as you go along.

And I did take my time. I've learned to walk away from "good enough" and come back when I'm ready to do what has to be done.

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