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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. 
 

Tasteful Red Oak Pedestal Bowl

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Turned from Southern Red Oak, or Spanish Oak, or even Texas Oak this bowl certainly will look good no matter where you put it.  The subtle yet tasteful natural colors of the wood make this piece stand out.  Part of the story of this piece is it was originally going to be a large and deep bowl.  The wood while drying cracked too much to do that with so I kept turning it until I thought I could get a nice cookie jar.  Nope.  Kept turning until you see what you see.  The wood still has some minor flaws in it but to me that adds to the rustic appeal of the piece.  Any cracks were filled and sealed with clear glue and natural dust.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and finished with a walnut oil based wax.  This gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  I burned a line at the juncture of the base and the bowl for decorative reasons only.  The bowl is 7 ½” in diameter, 4” high, and 2 ½” deep.  The volume measured out to exactly 4 cups to the brim.  30Oct17  BLRO71  $30.00 and $12.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/554634118/tasteful-red-oak-pedestal-bowl

7 1/2" Spanish Oak Bowl

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I always say that everybody needs a bowl.  But, not everybody needs a HUGE bowl.  This medium sized bowl turned from lovely Spanish Oak is perfect for a lot of people.  You ask, Spanish Oak?  Yes.  It is also known as Texas Oak and Texas Red Oak.  Not to be confused with Southern Red Oak which is just a little bit different.  This bowl will work as a serving bowl, a display bow for fruits and nuts, or even candies.  It does hold 3 cups of water measured to the brim.  The bowl is 7 ½” in diameter, 2 ¾” high, and 2” deep.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil based wax.  This gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish that allows you to still feel the grain of the wood.  Yes, there are some cracks here and there to add a rustic flavor to the bowl.  They do no go all the way through as the bowl does hold liquids.  A great addition to anybody’s home.  17Oct17  BLRO70  $25.00 and $10.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/551645280/7-12-spanish-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