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Oak Turnings

 

When folks think of hardwood the first wood that comes to mind is usually oak.  I suppose there is good reasons for that seeing oak is so common.  There are about 90 species of oak in the United States alone.  But then again there are all kinds of oaks.  You have white, live, red, burr, black jack, and many other kinds.  Most of what I turn is red oak, or Texas Oak, but I also turn some live oak as well.  Just depends on what all I can get my hands on that is local wood.  One small bit of history trivia for you is that back in the 1980's when they did some restoration on "Old Ironsides", most of the live oak used came from Texas.  That is because of the natural bend that most of our live oak trees have. 
 

Gorgeous 9 1/4" Red Oak Serving Bowl

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This gorgeous and amazing bowl turned from red oak actually started out to be pedestal bowl.  There was some severe cracking while drying so I kept turning it down until you see what you see:  a fine looking serving bowl!  Red oak has a distinct grain pattern that really stands out.  Red oak is a popular wood among wood workers and turners alike.  I have said many times that everybody needs a bowl, but not all folks need a huge bowl.  This medium sized bowl being 9 ¼” in diameter, 2 ½” high, and 2” deep fits into a size that just about everybody can use.  And it has a large capacity of 5 cups measured to the brim.  The wood was sealed with a couple of coats of food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil based wax that includes beeswax and carnauba.  With using a combination like this gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  21Mar18  BLRO73  $30.00 and $12.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/602133437/gorgeous-9-14-red-oak-serving-bowl

Stunningly Rustic White Oak Bowl

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Just picture yourself walking into an old ghost town that has been abandoned for 120+ years.  You see the old saloon and work your way inside past the dilapidated swinging doors.  On the bar you see a bowl covered with dust and cobwebs.  You dust the bowl off and what do you see?  It’s a beautiful old white oak bowl that was probably used for peanuts or potato chips for the patrons.  Age has taken it’s toll and at the same time added to it’s good looks.  Knot holes, cracks and great coloration make you want to take this bowl home with you.  The diameter is 9 ¼” with a height of 3 ¼” and a depth of 2 ½”.  Estimated volume is ½ gallon.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture.  This bowl is meant to be used for fruit, nuts and other tasty goodies that are not liquid.  Though it has a nice natural finish I do not expect this bowl to hold liquids.  10Mar18  BLWO7  $35.00 and $13.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/599542975/stunningly-rustic-white-oak-bowl

Lovely Red Oak Serving Bowl

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Some folks when they see this beautiful bowl turned from red oak are gonna say it’s too pretty to put something in.  Well, come on now.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture.  So seeing it’s a natural finish it’s only natural that you would put something good in it.  Right?  So go ahead and fill it up with good tasting things.  It will hold a nice amount.  The volume measured 3 cups to the brim.  The diameter of the bowl is 8 ¾” with a height of 2” and it’s comes to being 1 ¼” deep.  And, when you use a sealing and finish combination like was used here the bowl has a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  One of a kind bowl with nice graceful lines.  3Oct17  BLRO69  $30.00 and $10.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/548522238/lovely-red-oak-serving-bowl

Yummy Little Red Oak Bowl

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Alright, I might have gotten a little carried away calling it a yummy little red oak bowl but that’s okay.  It is smallish in size and what you might put in it could very well be yummy.  After all it does hold 2 ¼ cups measured up to the brim.  This bowl will not hold liquids as I did not fill and seal off all of the old bug holes in it.  So, it is great for nuts, small fruits, candies and even potpourri.  I did some decorative lines and such on the bottom and outside.  The diameter is 8 ¼” with a height of 1 ¾” and a depth of 1”.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and the finished with a walnut oil/shellac mix.  This combination gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  There are some small natural flaws in the wood which I left for a rustic appeal.  12Jul17  BLRO67  $27.50  and $10.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/542306065/yummy-little-red-oak-bowl

10" White Oak Bowl

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Somehow I can just picture this bowl sitting on the bar of an old west saloon full of peanuts and at one of the higher end saloons it full of potato chips.  Only the high end saloons had potato chips from what I understand.  This gorgeous yet rustic looking bowl has great coloration with a bit of spalting mixed in.  On the outside there is some shallow cracking.  Some I filled with clear glue and natural dust and the rest I just sanded and left alone.  None by any means went all the way through.  The bowl holds 5 cups and that ain’t bad at all.  It measures 10” in diameter, 2 ¾” in height and has a depth of 2”.  It has a nice lip to get a hold of it with for you convenience.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and finished with a walnut oil/shellac mix.  This combo gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  21Apr17  BLWO3  $32.50 and $13.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/512483112/10-white-oak-bowl