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Now here was a fun project. As I seem to always make things more difficult than needed, when I decided to turn a bowl on the lathe I had to make a more interesting design than necessary. With this as the result, I am glad I did.


To be honest, I can't remember what the main body of wood is anymore. However, when I chose this piece to turn, I looked at the internal bands of darker wood within and thus decided to build on this. I first cut the piece on the bandsaw so I could alternate the bands horizontally on the top and bottom and vertically in the middle. Then I went one step further and cut the middle piece in half with a "wave" design and then sandwiched alternating bands of thinly re-sawn strips of black walnut and white pine. I also echoed this design along the top mouth of the bowl. An interesting design and a unique conversation piece.