Turning Archive 2006

Big Bubinga Bowl (plate?) pics

Bill Grumbine (Kutztown PA)
>Greetings all

This is probably one of the most stressful pieces I have turned lately, mainly because of the wood. Most of my wood, regardless of figure, species, or whatever, is found wood, firewood really. This piece wasn't. Last month I did a demo on the various lathes offered for sale at our local Woodcraft store. While I was in the store discussing what to turn with the store owner, she points over to a series of blanks sitting on the floor and says, "There, turn one of those." One of "those" was a chunk of bubinga board, 18" square and 3" thick. Since it was highly figured, it was also highly priced, at $175.00 for the chunk.

Enter the stress. Like I said, I turn firewood. I'm not used to wood that costs any more than the effort to get it home and get it processed. But anyway, off I went to the demo, and things went very well, except that I did not get to finish this particular piece. So, I brought it home, and here it languished over the holidays and through a killer cold, until tonight it is ready to see the light of day (so to speak).

Here is a shot of the profile. It finished out at 17 1/2" in diameter and 2 3/4" high. It is pretty uniform in thickness at 1/4" thick. With it being as large as it is and as shallow as it is, I am wondering whether to call it a bowl or a plate. Of course, for the proper alliteration in the title, it had to be a bowl!

Here is a shot of the inside. It is not the best of the figure, but I spun it and spun it and just couldn't get the camera to see what I was seeing. But, if you are in the Allentown PA Woodcraft store you just might get a chance to see it. Just don't look too close. After all, it is a demo bowl. ;-)

Thanks for taking a look.


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