Handcrafted Curly Maple & Bocote Segmented Wooden Bowl
This is a “Segmented” Bowl took a week to glue up. There 66 pieces of Curly Maple, & Purpleheart glued together and was a fun project to turn on my lathe. This is the largest bowl that I have made to date. The Purpleheart & Curly Maple wood came from an Amish saw mill in Salem AR.
Segmented turning on a lathe provides two benefits over turning a bowl from a solid blank. First, there’s less waste because the blank will already be hollow. Second, when turning, you’re nearly always cutting with the grain of the wood, rather than across it. The exception being the disk at the bottom. This reduces tearing, wear on the tools, and makes mounds of those shaving ribbons that are so satisfying to watch fountain off the work-piece and pile up on the floor.
Bocote is an exotic wood native to Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies. It features a wide range of grain patterns from straight to wild, with curved lines and swirls. The color ranges from golden brown to tan to golden yellow. It is a hard, heavy, and dense wood, strong and stiff, with a medium texture. It polishes well with wax or polyurethane, and will take a moderately high natural gloss.It is moderately hard and resistant to wearing and marring. This is considered one of the world’s finest woods for turning.
Curly Maple (Tiger Maple) is traditional hard maple with a soft and flowing figure. The hard maple is the state tree of Wisconsin, Vermont, New York and West Virginia. In the North, during the cold nights and warm days of late winter, the sugar maple is tapped for its sucrose-containing sap, the source of maple syrup. Until the turn of the century, the heels of women’s shoes were made from maple. Curly Maple (Tiger Maple) has been a favorite of American furniture makers since early Colonial days.
A large Curly Maple & Bocote – hand tuned, one-of-a-kind bowl suitable for offerings, display, dried herbs etc . . . Finish is satin hand rubbed and food safe.
Remember there is only one of this bowl making it a unique. No two pieces are the same. Each will have different grain patterns and colors.
Dimensions: Diameter 12 1/4 inches by 4 1/2 high
Hand Crafted on My Lathe by: Jeff Smith
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