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B136 --- $50.00 --- this is the orientation view --- more pics down below

diameter: 5"
height: 3 3/4"

finish: one application of natural stain then three coats of high gloss regular polyurethane (no UV blocker)


base: from view 1 through to the other side: red aromatic cedar, osage orange, amd then the rest of it is thick maple veneer and walnut

center: American black walnut

view 1: on both sides, there is a wedge of bubinga, the upper slants are yellowheart, then from the top down there is: a lamination of tan woods and veneer of padauk, ebony and ebony, then a little strip of American white ash and the slants next to it are red oak and then mahogany, in the middle is a triangle of macassar ebony and under that is red oak sided by pine sided by a dark veneer and then thin vertical strips of American white ash. All of this is backed by a lamination of maple veneer and thin mahogany.

view 3: American white ash, walnut, mahogany, another mahogany, maple veneer, mahogany veneer, maple veneer, mahogany, walnut, ash

view 5: the vertical wedges are goncalo alves and the swastika is osage orange and bloodwood then above and below the swastika are mahogany and ? (pine?) and yellowheart

view 7: same as view 3

flaws/issues:There are slight changes in the surface at a few of the joints due to movement in service --- they are not visible at all but can be felt readily.

comments: see below about the swastika

views 1c and 1d

views 3b and 5b. OK, now I know what you're thinking: "THAT'S A SWASTIKA !!??!!". Right?

Well, yes it does look that way, but it's all an innocent mistake. Impossible as it is to believe, I didn't even KNOW I had created a swastika until I took a picture of a bunch of complex laminated sections that were being built up for use in the bowsl. When I looked at the pictures, this was immediately obvious as a swastika, but prior to that, it simply had not struck me that this was a swastika. I thought I had just made an interesting pattern with osage orange and bloodwood. Once I saw what it was, I debated about whether or not to use it in a bowl and as you can see my final decision was to go ahead with it. The swastika is an ancient and honorable symbol but was so terminally disgraced by the Nazis that I would not have done this on purpose.

My daughter has chastized me for putting this bowl on the site and has cautioned me to caution YOU that if you are a neo-Nazi you need not bother looking for more such articles here and you should instead go jump off a cliff. Ah, wait ... that last bit of advice is mine, not hers --- she's too gentle to make such a suggestion ... but I'm not.

My daughter believes that rather than charge money for this bowl, I should offer to pay anyone who is willing to take it off my hands, but I think it's a great curiosity piece. Besides, you can always turn the swastika side to the wall and forbid people to turn it around.