Turning Archive 2007

Cherry bowl with Pyrography *PIC*

Dominic Greco in Richboro PA
>Hello Everyone,

Here is a cherry bowl I completed just this past Saturday. This one of those bowls I roughed out back at the end of in 2005 and totally forgot about. It had been alcohol dried at the time. So by the time I got to it, it was BONE dry. I wanted to do something different with this and decided to continue to experiment with pyrography. I used my newly purchased "Coarse Hair" Optima pen to draw these lines. BTW, even after 45 minutes of use, the pen tube was still comfortable to hold.

The two beads about the rim were formed using my handy dandy 3 point tool and are approx 1/8 wide. While the space between them is about 1/2" wide. The burned lines bordering the beads were formed using a guitar string (where permitting) or a piece of black veneer.

This piece of cherry had some assorted cracks, pitch pockets, and a large void near a knot. These were filled with a mix of charcoal, coffee grinds, and CA glue.

While I'm pretty happy with the overall effect, I know there is a lot of room for improvement. I think that the next time I try this type of design I will use the skew pen to make thinner, deeper lines. I also will make it so the pattern features more lines that are closer together (these were about 3/16" apart). I also need to practice my "control" so that I get uniform lines. One difficulty I was never aware of until I tried this was holding the bowl steady while you worked. After making this rather simple design, I have even more admiration for Molly Winton, Wally Dickerman, Jennifer Shirley, and those others that make this look easy!


Outer dia.: 9 1/4"

Height: 3 1/2"

Wall thickness: 3/8"

Base dia.: 3"

Sanding Method: Dry sanded to 600 Grit and then burnished.

Finish: Watco's Danish Oil

Final: Buffed with Beall System followed by Renn Wax

What are your thoughts about this bowl?

Thanks for viewing.

See ya around,

My ugly mug


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