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Walnut Bowl with Pencil Rim

Stunning Walnut Bowl with Pencil Rim is a signature piece.. The wood is from an Estate in Westchester. Due to a restoration project a large Walnut tree became an obstacle for the project. The good news is that all of the usable wood became new wooden items. The mill aware of my work, made a gift to me of several logs to craft woodturning bowls. The large sections from the tree truck became natural edge tables from cut slabs. The wood lives on in home decor items and furniture. It would have been shameful if it the wood became firewood.

The Walnut Bowl with Pencil Rim is cut on a wood lathe to create the bowl form. I then cut a recess around the rim of the bowl and by hand insert color pencils into the recess. I flood the recess with tinted resin and go back to the lathe for finishing. The final steps are to seal the pencils with a dome of clear resin, coat the bowl with a food safe oil finish and finally buff and polish the piece.

This style with color pencils around the rim of a bowl or a vase are now my signature pieces. Each one is unique in size and wood species. You can see more examples in my store.

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I design all my items in my studio in Montvale, NJ USA. My primary tool is the wood lathe. I use this machine to create the form. When the shape is complete I take the piece to the studio bench. Here I enhance the item by inserting the colored pencils and coating them with resin. It then goes back to the lathe to flatten the pencils and back to the bench for finishing.


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