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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. 
 

Large Red Oak Centerpiece Bowl

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Is it possible that someone would think that this is not a great looking centerpiece bowl?  I doubt it.  And, with it being turned from gorgeous red oak who do you think can pass this bowl up?  It is also fitting to note that this is the 75th bowl turned from red oak.  You will find a nice lip to add to the appeal.  There is a small amount of natural edge with this bowl.  One of the things that is so impressive about this bowl is the capacity of it measuring at one gallon.  That will hold a lot of salad, fruits and nuts, and if you so desire popcorn.  You might decide to use this as a large family sized popcorn bowl.  The diameter is 13” and the height is 4”.  The depth is just a bit over 3”.  You will find a wide ring on the bottom for decorative purposes.  The wood was first sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture heavy on the shellac.  Using this combination gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  21May18  BLRO75  $50.00 and $18.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/601969930/large-red-oak-centerpiece-bowl

Dyed Red Oak 3 Corner Bowl

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You might consider this as the perfect candy or nut bowl.  The wood has some flaws so I decided to experiment a little bit.  I mixed some chocolate and red alcohol based wood dyes to see what I ended up with.  Here is the result.  I tried to have the color be dark in some areas and a little bit faded in others for some contrast.  You will find a couple of minor cracks in this bowl but not to worry as they aren’t going anywhere.  I reinforced them with clear glue before the dyeing but did not fill them.  I think that adds a bit of a rustic appeal.  The dye sealed the wood and then it was finished with a mix of walnut oil and shellac.  The bowl is about 6” in diameter, 2 ½” high, and 1 ½” deep.  The volume measured at 1 cup before the water ran over the lower edge.  One of a kind for sure and not to be passed up.  14May18  BLRO74  $25.00 and $8.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/600415238/dyed-red-oak-3-corner-bowl

7 1/2" White Oak Display Bowl

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White oak has a certain rugged appeal to it.  This wood almost defines the word rustic.  After all you have small knot holes, minor cracking, and a color that is naturally marvelous looking.  This bowl holds just a little over 4 cups in volume, though it does not hold liquids.  It is great as a medium sized nut or fruit bowl.  Of course you could fill it up with any of your favorite treats.  The bowl is 7 ½” in diameter, 3 ¼” high and has a depth of 2 ½”.  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.  23Apr18  BLWO9  $25.00 and $10.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/595856166/7-12-white-oak-display-bowl

7 1/4" White Oak Bowl

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When you see a bowl like this one there is a certain amount of wow factor.  The natural color of white oak makes it really stand out from other woods.  Some might say it is too small but let’s get serious about this.  Not that many folks need a huge bowl.  Most households have small to medium sized dining tables.  So, this bowl is actually just right for most people.  It is 7 ¼” in diameter, 2 ¾” high and 2 ¼” deep.  Don’t let the size fool you as it does have a capacity of 3 cups measured to the brim.  That is more than you might think.  The wood was sealed with a couple of coats of food grade walnut oil and then finished with a mixture of walnut oil and shellac.  This gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  You will find some small minor cracking here and there which is typical of this wood so don’t let that bother you.  They just add to the rustic appeal.  22Apr18  BLWO8  $25.00 and $10.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/595629952/7-14-white-oak-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