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Maple Bowl with Walnut Handles

Over the last two weekends I made this bowl.

It’s made from a maple crotch, so there’s a big bark inclusion going right down the middle, and you can see the center rings from both forks, one on each side of the bowl.

It’s been a while since I did any turning, and I had to re-learn the right feel of how to present the tool on the work, especially with the bowl gouge when working the inside.

Here’s how it ended up after last Saturday. There were several rings and gouges that I wasn’t really happy with, but it was getting late and I wasn’t getting any better.

I left it on the faceplate though, so that I could put it back on the lathe later if I felt more motivated.

Well, the weekend passed and I decided that I wasn’t going to be satisfied with how thick the walls were, or the big gouge marks, so I put it back on the lathe and started thinning things down.

I did have several more catches which ruined the rim and I had to make the bowl shorter to clean them up. You can see that the bark inclusion is now all the way through the rim, where there had been solid wood on the rim before.

Unfortunately this meant that the bowl was much weaker. I actually tightly wrapped the bowl in masking tape while turning the insides so it wouldn’t fly apart. The base was screwed to the faceplate too, so there was enough support.

In fact, once I took the tape off, I could grab both sides of the bowl and make pull them apart a little bit. To compensate for the weakness I drilled two holes on each side of the crack on each side of the bowl, and made these walnut handles from a log I had sitting around. The handles have pegs that fit into the holes in the bowl. I put some watered-thinned wood glue in the crack, and then glued the handle pegs into the holes.

After that, I did one more pass with 1200 grit sandpaper and wiped it all down with a mix of mineral oil and beezwax.

The handles are slightly offset, but I still like it. It was great to get back to turning. I’m glad the weather is getting warmer!

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Walnut and Apple Spoons and a Spatula

Like the previous post, this is a very late post about a project I completed long ago.

These three spoons were made from my dwindling supply of walnut wood. The walnut wood I picked up 3 or so years ago after a strong series of storms hit the twin cities. I cut it up and saved it ever since. I’m now down to just a couple pieces.

These were all roughed out on the bandsaw, then the bowl and decorative details carved out by hand. The top two were given away as presents. The bottom one we kept and use.

When I give someone a spoon or other utensil I usually tell them that the right way to treat it is to hand-wash only, and to re-oil them monthly or so. I also tell them that we don’t do that — we put our wooden stuff through the dishwasher and use and abuse it — and our spoon has held up well.

I like making functional things, not things that need to be coddled.

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I also made a walnut bowl-scraping spatula and an apple-wood spoon. These were a present to some friends of ours, which we brought to their Christmas party along with some goodies to share (Pão de Quijo!).

The spatula is modeled after one that we saw at Caroline’s aunt and uncles house which I really liked. Ryan and I have since made one for our own home, which we use regularly.

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Walnut Firewood Spoon

This last weekend we went camping in Nauvoo, IL and I made sure that our hatchet was freshly sharpened. I also brought my bowl gouge and spoon knife.

When we bought firewood I was happy to find that it was nice dry walnut, and I found a piece without too many cracks in it.

Hannah tried to pick it up for me, but it was too unwieldy for her.

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I worked on it when we were sitting around the camp in between outings. Here we are on day two, working on shaping a spoon out of it. The shavings were useful for starting fires.

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I’m getting slightly smarter. I left a big nub on the end of the spoon until the very end. I used it to hold the spoon so I could make cuts from both directions both with the hatchet and with the spoon knife.

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I wanted to make a big spoon that would work well almost as a ladle. Since the handle was so fat, I carved a spiral into it to help it look a little bit lighter and to give it a touch of decoration.

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