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N6 --- $95 --- this is the orientation view --- more pics down below

diameter: 9 1/2"
height: 2 1/4"

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



view 1: white limba with bug tracks

view 2: osage orange, padauk, zebrawood, small wedge of light brown wood, red oak, walnut

view 3: cypress sided by padauk and backed by curly red maple, light brown ?, prima vera, ebony veneer, douglas fir, padauk, BOX. The underneath of view 3 is birch?

view 4: sycamore, aromatic red cedar

view 5: lacewood, purpleheart over mahogany, machiche, redheart, canary, BOX

view 6: cracked paela on the left and on the right aromatic red cedar over osage orange

view 7: padauk, bolivian rosewood, BOX

BOX: from the left, bocote, wedge of boxwood, pine, bloodwood?, yellowheart, walnut, maple veneer, cocobolo, then padauk as listed in view 3

flaws/issues: The sycamore in view 4 has a turn-burn on the rim which is unfortunately right next to some minor dark spots in the wood, so the whole are looks somewhat blotchy as you can see in view 5c below. To further mess up that area of the bowl, there is a slight indentation in the machiche right next to it where I didn't turn all the way down because I was afraid I was going to lose the orange bug poop track on the top of the white limba. If you look just to the right of the top in the orientation view blowup below, you'll see what I mean. You'll also see that it's pretty minor and given the stunning coloration of the wood mix in this bowl, the eye is definitely NOT drawn to these minor imperfections. There is a minor stress ridge between the bottom of the canary in view 5 and the box. You can't see it but you can feel it.

LATER: Some of the colors have darkened at bit since the pics were taken many years ago.

One of the limba bugholes goes all the way through and shows up as an indentation in the finish on both the top and bottom

A knot in the base developed a small, but quite obvious, chip and is shown at the bottom of this page.

comments: The "bug poop" tracks in the white limba are outstanding --- well, you do have to LIKE that sort of thing, I guess, but here's the thing: it is obvious from the outside of a segment that there are bug tracks, but it is NOT obvious what path they take inside the wood or what the coloration is inside the wood, so it's hard to tell how it will look after turning and sometimes the best parts just end up as shavings on the shop floor. This one kept some really nice figure at the surface.

The Bolivian rosewood (not a true rosewood) in view 7 is a real standout being both pretty and nicely chatoyant). The canary in view 5 has beautiful color variations.

view 9 (the orientation view again) --- this one is so gorgeous I just had to show a blowup so you can see all the great woods.

view 1b showing the "bug poop" colors in the white limba

view 5c

view 5d showing the crack in the paela

view 1a as a bowl blank and as the finished bowl, illustrating quite nicely how difficult it is to tell how the bug tracks will come out on a finished bowl (because you can't see into the wood to tell how the bug meandered) and how wonderfully well it DID come out in this particular case. The bottom of this (see view 1b above) edge is even better, with orange streaking.

the only pic I have of the finished bowl that shows the bottom edge flaw where the aromatic red cedar knot chipped out doesn't really show it very well (the pic on the left), so I dug back in the files and got a good shot from those I took when the bowl only had an application of natural stain (the pic on the right). Such things are unavoidable when you choose, as I do, to use unstable areas of wood such as knots be add to the beauty of a piece. It's not that big a deal to me, but if you like things to be perfect, this bowl is not for you.