This is my seventh wood bowl!
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- Start: Mar 6, 2021
- End: Mar 14, 2021
- Wood Species: Jack Pine
The burl for this bowl was collected at the same time and general location as the burl for a separate bowl project while in Minnesota. It was extracted and completed in the same manner as that burl/bowl.
My first step was to remove the bark from the burl. Because I allowed the burl to dry with the bark attached, removing the bark was difficult. I initially used a hammer and wood chisel until I had removed the hardest bark.
Next, I needed to find a way to safely and accurately hollow the bowl.
Precise control here was critical because penetrating through the bowl edge was a non-starter. I used a dremel with diamond wheel from Home Depot3 to progressively refine the thickness of the bowl.
I then used the Orbicut 40 bit4 to hollow the bowl.
I further refined the hollowing with a dremel and drum sander5.
1st Pass Sanding
Next, I moved on to sanding the burl using wet/dry 150 grit sandpaper (to even out the divots formed from the Orbicut 40’s spherical shape), a dremel and several polishing wheels6.
Before applying the finish coats of oil, I wiped-off as much of the residual sawdust from the burl as possible using a lightly dampened, paper towel.
The last step was to apply finish to stain and protect the bowl as well as to enhance the chatoyancy of the bowl. For this I used Walnut colored Rubio Monocoat7 following the instructions on the back of the can. This finish is highly respected in the woodworking community as it is in-grain, requires just one application that takes about 15 minutes to apply and once dried (after ~5 days), is food-safe.