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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 4:47 pm 
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I came across a large timber of willow I'd bought a few years ago so that I could practice Re-Sawing on my bandsaw. With my new BS, it makes Re-Sawing a breeze so this board has just been collecting dust. Willow is really cheap, and this board that I had was about 40"x 7" x 8/4, so I cut it up into 7" square bowl blanks, 4 with a few inches left over. Two of these I went ahead and cut round on the BS and started practicing wth it.

My first bowl, about a year and a half ago, was also done with this same stick of willow, but I really didn't have the right chucks to do this then, and the results were less than stellar.
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The coin in the center was glued in place to cover the through hole. :roll:

Then, in September, I turned this little bowl from Coyote wood and had much more success.
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Saturday, I tried a much bigger one from the Willow and it came out pretty good.
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Then I tried to get sexy and put a nice flare on one yesterday. However, while trying to smooth out the transision between the flat bottom and the near vertical side, my gouge, gouged and the bowl was ruined. :mad:

Oh well, just to make it a learing experience, I took the remnance to the BS and ripped it into to see the cross section.
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As it turns out, the top edge where I flared it to the outside was so thin it never would have stood up to being chucked into the Cole Jaws, and the bottom was still heavier than I wanted.

Thanks for looking and if you can see anything else that I didn't pick up on, please feel free to let me know.

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Wow Frank those willow bowls look great. Are you talkin Weeping Willow or some other type. ???

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Thanks Paul. I'm guessing weeping willow. I came across this stick of willow at Frank Paxton's lumber here in Denver a few years ago. It was cheap and called willow. It stinks when you work it, and it's a soft hardwood like poplar, but other than that, I really don't know much about it.

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Great work beautiful wood

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Beautiful bowls! I'm curious too about the finish on the willow. Looks great.


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Thanks guys,

The finish is Maloof's oil/wax that I put on heavy and let it soak in for about 5 min, then wipe off. I do this about 2 to 3 times with about 15 minutes between, then I lay on more wax and buff. Not the greatest finish, but it is fast. :roll:

This willow is extremely dry and extemely light, the block when starting weighed less than a pound, and finish only a couple of ounces. Really light, and I got it down very thin.

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