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Mark Cothren
06-03-2006, 6:56 PM
Chunk of Bradford Pear from a friend of mine. The tree was storm-damaged (taken completely down) and I only got about three halfway decent pieces of any size. The first was a NE bowl that I gave to his wife, and this is the second. This chunk has 5 piths in it that all held together (so far - knock on wood).

It's about 7" wide and about 5" tall. Sanded thru 600, one thin coat of gel poly and buffed.

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John Timberlake
06-03-2006, 7:07 PM
Nice job of turning. Good finish while keeping the natural edge on a hollow form. Good figure in the wood.

Dennis Peacock
06-03-2006, 7:12 PM
Very nice Mark..!!!! But it looks even better in real life. ;)
Hey, Your picture are getting a lot better now since you got the booth setup. Nice pics bud. :D

Corey Hallagan
06-03-2006, 7:25 PM
Very nice Mark! Very nice. I like it.

Corey

Ken Fitzgerald
06-03-2006, 7:37 PM
Very, very nice Mark! I especially like the form and natural edge! Beautifully done!

Joe Tonich
06-03-2006, 7:38 PM
SWEET!!!! I like the NE on that. Ya done good! :D

Hank Merkle
06-03-2006, 7:41 PM
That is a very nice!
I love the way bradford pear turns!

Bernie Weishapl
06-03-2006, 7:51 PM
Beautiful Mark. I like the form and finish. Nice job.

Michael Stafford
06-03-2006, 8:10 PM
See doing that kind of work is why I call you a bon vivant!!!:p :D

Pretty work, Mark, just pretty work!!!:D

Barry Stratton
06-03-2006, 8:28 PM
That is cool!!!!! The NE really sets the piece off. Incredibly awesome. Whens your interview?

Joe Tonich
06-03-2006, 8:39 PM
Whens your interview?

I think your http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b156/jt6089/beat_deadhorse.gif LOL!

Dick Parr
06-03-2006, 8:46 PM
Outstanding Job Mark, you did that piece of wood real proud.

Great job.;)

Mark Cothren
06-03-2006, 8:59 PM
Whens your interview?

I sent one out to myself, but he hasn't responded yet...;)

Barry, your's will be on the way soon...:D

John Miliunas
06-03-2006, 10:47 PM
That's beautiful, Mark! Wonderful shape, love the NE and the finish is killer, as usual! :) :cool:

Jim Ketron
06-03-2006, 11:14 PM
Awesome Job Mark!
Love the NE top and the form flows nicely!

Ernie Nyvall
06-03-2006, 11:17 PM
Beautiful Mark. Everything about it.

Ernie

Travis Stinson
06-03-2006, 11:48 PM
Fantastic! Super job Mark!:D

Curt Fuller
06-04-2006, 2:38 AM
Wow that's pretty. It's got pith and cleavage going every which way.

Barry Stratton
06-04-2006, 4:27 AM
I sent one out to myself, but he hasn't responded yet...;)

Barry, your's will be on the way soon...:D

Doooohhhhh. Type thoughts, insert foot in mouth........

Save mine until I get half as good as you:D Judging by this piece that will be about, oh, NEVER! Well done Mark.

Henry C. Gernhardt, III
06-04-2006, 4:42 AM
Lovely NE HF there, Mark! I like the form and the way it shows off the grain. I'm a fan of pithy crotch patterns.

Terry Quiram
06-04-2006, 9:38 AM
WOW Mark, great piece. How the heck did you evey keep it from self destructing?

Terry

Mark Cothren
06-04-2006, 10:06 AM
How the heck did you evey keep it from self destructing?Terry

Travis is really the one who got me to "thinking piths" with his "Katrinas". I've tried it with Bradford Pear (and also Black Cherry) and had excellent results. The piths seem to almost all hold together. If one opens up any I just drop a little thin CA in it.

Keith Burns
06-04-2006, 11:06 AM
Excellent piece Mark:) :) I like everything about it:) :)

Tom Sherman
06-06-2006, 5:37 PM
Top shelf job Mark, is that what's know as 'Pithy wisdom?'

Joe Melton
06-06-2006, 7:28 PM
Beautiful bowl. Couldn't help noticing how nice the finish is on the inside. How does one do that? (I assume you don't stick much of your hand in there when the thing is spinning.)
Joe

Ed Scolforo
06-06-2006, 7:33 PM
Mark, that's something to be proud of!
Ed

Mark Cothren
06-06-2006, 7:54 PM
Beautiful bowl. Couldn't help noticing how nice the finish is on the inside. How does one do that? (I assume you don't stick much of your hand in there when the thing is spinning.)
Joe

Joe, it's sanded thru 600 grit on the inside and then the finish is applied and rubbed out by hand. The hole is big enough I can get two/three fingers in there and can reach the bottom that way.

Thanks for all the comments!