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B150 --- $95.00 --- this is the orientation view --- more pics down below. See the notes on "flaws" below
height: 2 1/2"
finish: one application of natural stain then 3 coats of high gloss spar polyurethane (with UV blocker)
WOODS USED: [SEE DISCUSSION ON THE MAIN PAGE OF THIS SITE IF ANY OF THIS IS UNCLEAR]
view 1: aromatic red cedar, tatajuba, BOX
view 2: cocobolo
view 3: aromatic red cedar, bocote, sipo, oak, paela, cocobolo BOX
view 4: aromatic red cedar, mahogany(?), ? (reddish wood), ? (silvery wood), both over mahogany
view 5: aromatic red cedar, tiama, oak thin, cedar thin, ash thin, cedar thin, oak thin, paela, BOX
view 6: Honduras rosewood over makore, both backed by maple veneer
view 7: chechem, cocobolo, padauk, osage orange, BOX
view 8: aromatic red cedar
BOX: top and bottom are either Honduras rosewood or dark cocobolo, middle is bocote, left is redheart, right is osage orange
flaws/issues: The redheart at the left of the BOX has a hairline crack due to stress in the bowl woods.
LATER NOTE: this crack has now widened enough to be quite observable, so I have reduced the price of the bowl from $150 to $125. Here is a pic showing the split as of Dec 2010 ... it's not going to move any further than this. Also, as you can see, the bright yellow osage orange next to it has color-changed towards brown, which is typical of this wood.
the redheart split
LATER STILL: Several of the colors have darkened enough to noticeably reduce the visual impact of this bowl, so I have dropped the price further, down to $95
comments: The aromatic red cedar in view 1 was chosen for the large solid knot, which adds a nice swirl to the grain pattern. The bocote in the middle of the BOX has a particularly interesting grain and was chosen for that reason --- contrast it with the piece in view 3 which is "normal" bocote. The padauk in view 7 has the striking grain pattern that you get sometimes with padauk when it is cut just right. The oak in view 3 shows strong ray flakes.
In general, the woods in this one are excellent.
views 5c and 1d
view 1c as the bowl blank and then as the finished bowl