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G4 --- $95.00 --- this is the orientation view --- more pics down below

diameter: 6 1/2"
height: 5 1/2"
center opening: about 3" diameter by 3" deep from the upper level of the rim

finish: one application of natural stain then 2 coats of high gloss spar polyurethane (with UV blocker)


base: 4 sections of lightly curly Honduras mahogany

above the base: 8 sections of chechem

above the chechem: 8 sections of American black walnut

above the walnut: 8 sections of osage orange

flaws/issues: none

comments: I'm not sure whether to call this one "the spittoon" or "Chernoble" but whatever it is, it was fun to make and it will make a reasonable dried-flower-holder or pencil-holder or you can just leave it laying around and have people ask, as my uncle Bill so often did of things, "whut thuh hayull is thayut?"

This one started off as a disk of 8 chechem sections, which I put together because I recognized that the quartersawn plank they came from could be cut in a way that presented 8 flat-cut surfaces around the rim, and it did indeed turn out as I had hoped. Each of the chechem faces shows a nice flat cut oval grain pattern and as a bonus it turns out that they are all highly chaytoyant. After adding the walnut, I thought about turning the bowl to quite a different shape than the one it ended up in, but then I decided to add the osage orange on top as a striking color contrast and rethought the shape and I'm pleased with the way it turned out. The lightly chatoyant curly mahogany base also fits in well both with the color scheme and with the chatoyancy of the chechem above it. THEN to top it all off, the walnut and the osage orange are ALSO lightly chatoyant, which makes it really neat to look directly into the side of the bowl and turn it slowly in a bright light.

The center opening only goes down to the top of the chechem, so the base and the chechem are solid, plus the walnut wall is quite thick, all in all producing a lot of heft in this one. You won't want to drop this on your toe.

view 1a

views 1b and 1c

view 1d

view 1c as the bowl blank and then as the finished bowl