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LAMINATED BOWLS

My main relaxation is cutting, sanding, and then gluing exotic woods together starting with small pieces and continuing the process until I have a big enough chunk to put on the lathe and then turning it down until I can fill it with M&Ms or Hershey's Kisses. These pics show a few of the results. As you will see, I do not have a delicate touch, nor am I subtle. I don't do these for anyone else, otherwise I might try for a bit more subtlety and refinement. I just do it 'cause I love seeing what happens with all the fancy woods. The amount of advance planing involved ranges from none all the way up to not all that much. These are mostly about 6" in diameter.

Most of these can be clicked on to see enlargements and/or other
views of the bowl, plus a description of the woods used.


MY BOWLS ARE NOW FOR SALE AT: www.phinds.com/bowls
The bowl information at that site is more complete than what you will find here.










At this point, I had done a number of different shaped bowls and I found that there were two types that I liked the best so I settled in on making a bunch of them. The low one is a candy bowl or potporri holder and the taller one is a dried flower holder. I still did not make any plans other than the general shape and the general separation of the top and bottom portions of each. The candy bowls are 6" to 7" in diameter and the dried flower holders are about 5" in diameter. They are intermixed here because I just photograph them and put them up on the site in the order in which they come off of the lathe.






OK, at THIS point, I'm still focusing mostly on the "candy dish" and "dried flower holder" shapes, but having run out of friends and relatives to give them to, I figure I'll have to start selling them someday just to get back all the money I spend on exotic wood. So ... I've started to make some of the candy dish shapes a little larger (up to 10") and the dried flower holder shapes are now hollowed out so they can be used for more things than just dried flowers. None of the ones you see here have actually been completed, in that they all need to have their bottoms finished and they all need one or more coats of polyurethane or whatever other final finish I decide to use. Right now, they have a coat of natural stain finish (that is, uncolored wood stain) just to protect them from too much moisture absorption.

They are still presented in the order in which they came off of the lathe, and these pics were taken with the newer camera that I've been using since mid-2005



MY BOWLS ARE NOW FOR SALE AT: www.phinds.com/bowls
The bowl information at that site is more complete than what you will find here.