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Natural Edge Turnings

There is something kinda special about turnings that have bark on the edges.  Of course some natural edge turnings have the bark removed leaving the wood bare.  Both are attractive and certainly have a rustic appeal to them.  Another thing about this kind of turning is they have been nicknamed "knuckle scrapers".  Due to the uneven edges and the bark, it is not unusual for a turner to lose a little bit of hide while sanding one of these.  Especially figgering it might be spinning at about 1000 or more rpm's.  Makes no difference.  Enjoy!

4 Footed Pecan Natural Edge Bowl

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Now if this isn’t a rustic gem, I don’t know what is!  Lookie here!  You have natural edge with bark, worm holes, knot holes, spalting.  Did I leave anything out?  The luscious natural colors of this pecan wood are simply fabulous.  The bowl part is only 1 ½” deep on the lowest side.  I thought about trying to get a bit deeper, but with the worm holes I was afraid I might accidentally go through the bottom.  The base is 9” square and the piece has a total height of 4 ¼”.  I didn’t measure the volume of the bowl but I would estimate it to be around 2 cups to the lowest brim area.  The bark received a helping hand to stay intact with some clear glue on the inside of the bowl and out.  The wood was not only sealed but basically saturated with food grade walnut oil.  Then it was finished with walnut oil and shellac mixture with some walnut oil based wax added.  Using a combination like this gives the piece a nice hard natural long lasting finish.  Certainly a one of a kind piece.  17Dec18  NEP39  $42.50 and $5.00 S&H within Continental United States.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/668263721/4-footed-pecan-natural-edge-bowl

Pecan Wood Natural Edge Centerpiece Bowl

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I think most anybody would be really happy having this bowl sitting on their table as a centerpiece.  After all, it has bark and the beautiful color of pecan wood.  One problem that a turner runs into while turning a piece such as this is the final sanding.  Sometimes you have to decide whether you are going to get that particular spot and risk damaging your hand one way or the other, or just get it the best you can.  You will find a couple of spots on this piece that are like that.  On the ends of the main body you can have some nuts or whatever sitting there as it is concave for that purpose.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture giving a nice hard long lasting finish.  The bark was reinforced with clear glue.  The main body is 10 ¾” long and 9” wide.  The bowl is 6 ½” in diameter, 2 ¾” at the highest point, 1 ¾” deep and has a volume measuring at 1 ½ cups.  You not find another bowl like this one.  17Jul18  NEP36  $42.00  and $8.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/615556218/pecan-wood-natural-edge-centerpiece-bowl

Gorgeous Pecan Natural Edge Bowl

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Oh, the natural beauty of a bowl with bark still on it.  How can one pass it up?  I normally do not have a base quite as large as this but I didn’t want to jeopardize that great looking knot in it.  So, it has a bit larger base but so what?  A knot like that is worth it.  This bowl has a nice capacity of 2 cups measured to the lower brim, which does not mean that it is limited to that amount of your favorite treats that will just pile up in it.  The diameter of the bowl is 7 ¼” and the height is 4 ½”.  The depth came to 2 ½”.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil.  The bark was reinforced with clear drying glue to help keep it in place.  Then the bowl was sprayed with 2 coats of shellac.  The spray was used to help penetrate and keep the bark intact.  Do not pass this up.  10Jun18  NEP35  $35.00 and $11.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/620161679/gorgeous-pecan-natural-edge-bowl

Gorgeous Pecan Wood Crotch Bowl

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Gorgeous?  Yes.  Rustic in appearance?  Of course!  Folks who get this type of bowl are doing so because of the unusual appearance of them.  I was even successful in remembering to get a couple of photos of the wood before I started turning it to give you a perspective of the project.  I admit this type of turning can make you kinda pucker sometimes while spinning the wood.  With the unusual shape, you get a sound that reminds you of a propeller.  And, sometimes these come off the lathe and make you duck!  This wood is absolutely beautiful.  It is pecan after all.  The added spalting, natural edge and tiny knotholes really make it stand out.  The widest point of the bowl is 14” and the narrowest is about 1 ½”.  The height is 2 ¼”.  The bowl diameter is 8 ½” and the depth is 1 ½”.  I went on and measured the volume even though this kind of bowl is used more for displaying fruits and nuts and such.  That came to 4 cups.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture.  This combination gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  16Jan19  BLP210  $40.00  Free shipping within Continental United States.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/661681422/gorgeous-pecan-wood-crotch-bowl