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  • gerti
    Veteran Member
    • Dec 2003
    • 2233
    • Minnetonka, MN, USA.
    • BT3100 "Frankensaw"

    Bocote bowl

    A while ago I was wandering through a local Woodcraft wood section admiring the woods, when a piece of wood in the cutoff box caught my eye. It had a lot of sap wood, that is probably why it was left behind. I thought the contrast of the sap wood and the heart wood was quite interesting. And it was cheap...

    Today while looking for something to 'grab me' I came across that piece of wood. I am pretty sure it is Bocote, and the slightly sweet-spicy scent while turning it seemed to confirm that. I decided to not try and work around the sap wood, but rather celebrate it:



    5" wide, 1 1/2" high. Another view:



    The bottom has a really crazy figure to it. I finished it, a task greatly simplified thanks to a Longworth chuck (http://www.bt3central.com/forum/topi...TOPIC_ID=18506).



    Hope you like it as much as I do...

    Gerd
  • LCHIEN
    Internet Fact Checker
    • Dec 2002
    • 20983
    • Katy, TX, USA.
    • BT3000 vintage 1999

    #2
    quote:Originally posted by gerti

    A while ago I was wandering through a local Woodcraft wood section admiring the woods, when a piece of wood in the cutoff box caught my eye. It had a lot of sap wood, that is probably why it was left behind. I thought the contrast of the sap wood and the heart wood was quite interesting. And it was cheap...

    Today while looking for something to 'grab me' I came across that piece of wood. I am pretty sure it is Bocote, and the slightly sweet-spicy scent while turning it seemed to confirm that. I decided to not try and work around the sap wood, but rather celebrate it:

    The bottom has a really crazy figure to it. I finished it, a task greatly simplified thanks to a Longworth chuck (http://www.bt3central.com/forum/topi...TOPIC_ID=18506).


    Hope you like it as much as I do...

    Gerd
    Crazy figure, good creative use of it!
    Loring in Katy, TX USA
    If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
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    • monte
      Forum Windbag
      • Dec 2002
      • 5242
      • Paw Paw, MI, USA.
      • GI 50-185M

      #3
      Came out beautiful Gerd!
      Monte (another darksider)
      Reporting Live from somewhere near Kalamazoo

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      • Ken Massingale
        Veteran Member
        • Dec 2002
        • 3862
        • Liberty, SC, USA.
        • Ridgid TS3650

        #4
        Absolutely beautiful wood, and a real fine job on it, Gerd.
        ken

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        • Doug Jones
          Established Member
          • Oct 2004
          • 332
          • Indiana
          • Delta 36-444

          #5
          That is really wild looking, I like it.
          Any chance of a picture looking straight down into the bowl?

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          • mater
            Veteran Member
            • Jan 2004
            • 4197
            • SC, USA.

            #6
            That is beautiful work.
            Ken aka "mater"

            " People may doubt what you say but they will never doubt what you do "

            Ken's Den

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            • Whaler
              Veteran Member
              • Dec 2002
              • 3281
              • Sequim, WA, USA.
              • DW746

              #7
              Beautiful work Gerd. I love Bocote.
              Dick

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              • mudder
                Veteran Member
                • Jul 2003
                • 1532
                • I live in a house
                • Delta 36-650

                #8
                Yessir that is indeed Bocote.

                It is also something else.......It is one very fine looking bowl that deserves the highest praise that I can give......
























                Ready for it?

































                Wait..... Here comes.............


























                YOU SUCK!

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                • Tom Miller
                  Veteran Member
                  • Mar 2003
                  • 2507
                  • Twin Cities, MN
                  • BT3000 - Cuttin' it old school

                  #9
                  And just where exactly is this magical cutoff box??? Rest assured, by the time I got there some industrious salesperson would have had a coat of wax and a $35 price tag on that piece.

                  You really did it justice. I'm nowhere near the point of worrying about removing all signs of chucking. I'm still tickled pink when the piece doesn't explode off the lathe. (Like you said in the Longworth thread, "catch and release".)

                  Regards,
                  Tom

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                  • boblon
                    Senior Member
                    • Aug 2003
                    • 727
                    • Florida, USA.

                    #10
                    Looks great. Nice work.

                    BobL.
                    "Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from poor judgement."

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                    • Jim Ketron
                      Forum Newbie
                      • Jul 2005
                      • 68
                      • Weber City, Va, USA.

                      #11
                      Awesome Bowl! Great Job!
                      (Have Chainsaw-Will Travel) please visit my web site http://home.earthlink.net/~jimandkrista/

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                      • Dick Parr
                        Forum Newbie
                        • Jul 2005
                        • 18
                        • Knoxville, TN, USA.

                        #12
                        I sure wish our Woodcraft had a cutoff box.

                        You did a wonderful job with the wood and really brought out what was in it.

                        Beautiful job.
                        Dick

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                        • kwgeorge
                          Veteran Member
                          • Jan 2004
                          • 1419
                          • Alvin, TX, USA.

                          #13
                          I also bought a blank of that from Woodcraft and have not used it yet.
                          I like the shape of your bowl. Very well done.

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                          • gerti
                            Veteran Member
                            • Dec 2003
                            • 2233
                            • Minnetonka, MN, USA.
                            • BT3100 "Frankensaw"

                            #14
                            Thanks all!

                            Mudder, that praise goes right on my wall!

                            quote:Originally posted by Doug Jones

                            That is really wild looking, I like it.
                            Any chance of a picture looking straight down into the bowl?
                            Easier said than done... Reflections make that tough, at least without building a lighting tent. Here is the best I could come up with:



                            quote:Originally posted by Tom Miller

                            And just where exactly is this magical cutoff box??? Rest assured, by the time I got there some industrious salesperson would have had a coat of wax and a $35 price tag on that piece.
                            I guess I got lucky. They had a similar looking turning blank, less than half the size, for a higher price... My cutoff had a few hairline cracks though, maybe that's why. In the photo above you can just barely make them out on the rim, just after the 3 o'clock and at the 8 o'clock position.

                            quote:
                            You really did it justice. I'm nowhere near the point of worrying about removing all signs of chucking. I'm still tickled pink when the piece doesn't explode off the lathe. (Like you said in the Longworth thread, "catch and release".)
                            I still do that (catch and release that is). But a lot of practice really helps, and it happens a lot less these days. You'll see!

                            Gerd

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