Jun 24

Banana humor has arrived for day 4

12 in x 4 in Curly Maple Bowl with Bananas inside - Dailey Woodworking

12 in x 4 in Curly Maple Bowl with Bananas inside

Banana puns on us

Well it’s Friday and soon the weekend will be upon us and maybe for some it’s already arrived. I took the picture above and started thinking of puns with or about bananas. That can mean only one thing. I’m way too tired or as we say here in Maine, wicked tired.

I hope I don’t bowl you over with these banana jokes, if you can actually call them jokes. Do banana jokes appeal to you? Do you just go ape over them? I know I’m going down a slippery slope with this but what do you have for good CLEAN banana jokes? Please keep them clean, after all this is a family show.

And now about the bowl.

This is a 12 inch x 4 inch Curly Maple wood bowl. The curl in this Maple bowl is stunning. The more you move the wooden bowl the more the Curly Maple stands out. The bowl features a flat rim that gently slopes toward the center of the bowl. The bowl also has a ring of texture about an inch down from the rim. If you would like to see more pictures and learn more about the bowl you can visit my Dailey Woodworking site by clicking here or on my Etsy store by clicking here.

Remember to leave us your clean banana jokes or puns.

 

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Jun 23

The story of Dave and my summer of turning, day 3

Rustic natural edge Maple Burl stopper - Dailey Woodworking

Rustic natural edge Maple Burl stopper

 

I realize by just posting pictures and descriptions of something that I’ve made probably isn’t as exciting for you as it is for me. So I’m going to try to add little stories to keep you coming back.

The story of Dave

My earliest recollection of wanting to work with wood is from the early 70’s. I spent the summer with my grandparents in Andover, Maine. I think I was seven years old at the time. My grandparents were retired. If this were a normal story I would be telling you that like most boys I followed my grandfather wherever he went. However my life’s story will never be considered a normal story and instead of following my grandfather I followed their handyman, Dave, around.

I think Dave was my grandfather’s best friend and he lived behind their house in a little camper. Dave wasn’t just their handyman. He was like the town’s handyman. He was retired too but did the handyman work for extra money. My grandfather didn’t go out of the house much but Dave went all over town. Instead of following my grandfather around, I actually followed Dave everywhere. I’m sure I was a pain but I don’t remember him ever getting upset with me.

When you went out of my grandparent’s kitchen, to the barn, you entered this little room, probably a summer kitchen, and then into my grandfather’s workshop.It’s in my grandfather’s shop that I remember spending a huge amount of my summer. There were wood shavings covering everything including the floor. It’s the first time that I remember smelling the wonderful smell of fresh-cut wood. Years later I found out that the smell was that of fresh-cut pine. Dave found me one of my grandfather’s hammers to use and gave me cans of nails and wood from his scrap wood pile. I probably hammered hundreds of nails into wood trying to replicate something that Dave was building.

To this day when I’m working with pine I think of that summer that I spent with my grandparents and Dave. That summer is the earliest recollection that I have of woodworking although I’m sure whatever I made that summer will never end up in the Smithsonian.

Now about the stopper

The bottle stopper that you see pictured above was turned from Maple Burl. I turned it to leave some of the natural edge showing. Natural edge is often times called bark edge or live edge. This burl has a lot of figure happening all around it and really makes a spectacular looking bottle stopper. If you would like to see more pictures and find out more about the stopper you can visit my Dailey Woodworking site by clicking here or on my Etsy store by clicking here.

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Jun 22

My summer, day number 2

Black Chrome Bigelow pen made in Caribbean Swirl Acrylic - Dailey Woodworking

Bigelow pen in Caribbean Swirl Acrylic

This is day number 2 of my summer of turning. Maybe I should call this the summer in the life of a turner, what do you think? Anyways today I’m showing a beautiful pen that I just finished up. I started this pen during a demonstration at the Western Mountain Woodturners last meeting. During the demo the short piece of acrylic on the bottom half of the pen came loose or unglued. So I brought it home and glued it back together and then finished turning and polishing it. I assembled it yesterday and shot pictures of it today.

The pen is a beautiful combination of blues with a fitting name, Caribbean Swirl. The acrylic almost looks like waves in the ocean. You can see more pics and read more about it on my Dailey Woodworking site, here, or in my Etsy store, here.

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Jun 21

My summer #1 New Curly Maple Salad Bowl

Detail closeup view of Curly Maple Salad Bowl - Dailey Woodworking

Detail closeup view of Curly Maple Salad Bowl

I’ve been pretty lazy about writing on my blog. So I’m going to try to change that starting with today’s post. I’m going to try to capture my summer by posting something new that I’ve made each day until the last day of summer,  September 21st.

So the first up is a wonderful 12 inch Curly Maple salad bowl. It’s 12 inches in diameter by 5 inches high. The curly figure in this wooden bowl is absolutely phenomenal. The curly figure is on display everywhere in this bowl. Sometimes you get a little curl or its real light but not with this wood bowl. It’s just wave after wave of curl on this bowl.

The bowl sports a nice rounded rim and a ring of texture about one inch down from the rim.

You can read more about this bowl and see more pictures on my site, here, or in my Etsy store, here.

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Dec 19

Beautiful new bowl

13 Inch Curly Maple Wooden Salad Bowl - Dailey Woodworking

13 Inch Curly Maple Wooden Salad Bowl

I finished this bowl a couple of days ago. This is a highly figured 13 inch Curly Maple salad bowl. I was impressed with the amount of curly figure that I could see when I was turning this bowl. Every time I would stop the lathe while I was turning and sanding the bowl I would see some more figure that I hadn’t seen the time before. However when I applied the polymerized Tung oil finish to the bowl, the figure really came to life. Just the way that the grain runs with the curl going across it is nice but in some of the dark areas it actually looks like the sand on some beaches that I’ve been to. We’ve all probably seen the sand on beaches (either in person or in pictures) where the tide is going out and the sand steps down and looks like the contour lines on 3D topographic maps. That’s what the grain lines look like in some of the darker areas of this wooden bowl.  The picture below shows some of the ripple figure that I’m trying to describe. The picture shows the ripples but the wood in the bowl is actually smooth.

 

Inside ripple figure on this wood bowl - Dailey Woodworking

Inside ripple figure on this wooden bowl

 

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Nov 30

Ornament time

Splated Maple and Apple Ornament - Dailey Woodworking

Spalted Maple globe with Apple icicle finial

I don’t know what it’s like in your house but in our house we love to watch all the Hallmark Christmas movies. This year the Hallmark channel had Christmas movies in July, tying into the whole Christmas in July thing. Then they started showing new Christmas movies on Halloween weekend. So, needless to say, I’ve seen a few Christmas movies this year. Usually each year I come up with a new Christmas ornament design but, thanks to all the movies, I’ve actually come up with three this year. You can see them pictured above and below.

Dyed red Maple Burl globe with maple ornament - Dailey Woodworking

Dyed red Maple Burl globe with maple icicle finial

Each of these ornaments is actually three pieces turned and then glued together. Why do you turn three separate pieces instead of just turning one piece? Well I’m glad you asked.  I do it for two different reasons. The first reason is that I want to hollow out the center globe to remove as much weight from the ornament as I can. The second reason is the center globe is the focal point of the ornament and I want to use some special looking wood for the globe, like the burl used in the red and blue ornaments. And if I was to use burl wood for the long bottom icicle finial I would probably break it while turning. It’s not that it can’t be done but the bottom icicle finial turns better with a straight-grained wood. Ok, ok I guess that’s actually three reasons why I turn my Christmas ornaments as three separate pieces. Of course you can find my ornaments on my Dailey Woodworking site and in my Etsy store.

Dyed blue Maple Burl globe with maple icicle finial - Dailey Woodworking

Dyed blue Maple Burl globe with maple icicle finial

Please let me know which Christmas ornament is your favorite?

 

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Oct 22

Illusion bowl

13 inch Curly Maple salad bowl

13 inch Curly Maple salad bowl

My latest bowl is another one made with some real beautiful wood. This wooden bowl is 13 inches in diameter x 4 1/4 inches high. This bowl was turned from Curly Maple and has some really nice figure in it. I should start calling all of my salad bowls illusion bowls. Because I turn a wide rim on my bowls they give the illusion that they are heavy when they are really very light.

On this bowl I turned a round undercut rim.  The rim is about 3/4 inch wide and with the undercut there is a nice spot for gripping the bowl. The wall thickness is about 1/4 inch thick. I say about because I don’t measure, I just go by how thick it feels to my hands. I increase the thickness again near the bottom to add stability so that the bowl won’t be top heavy. By taking wood away from the thickness of the sidewall I can lighten my bowls considerably without affecting the structure of my bowls and with the wide rim still give the illusion of a heavy bowl.

On this wood bowl I textured a band about 1 inch below the rim on the outside. The inside of the bowl has a nice curve all the way through.

This particular bowl is headed to it’s new home. Thank you LW in NH!

Keep an eye on my bowl page at Dailey Woodworking and my bowl page in my Etsy store because I have a lot of bowls, big and small, that I will be finishing up soon. I heard a rumor that Christmas is just around the corner.

 

Side view of 13 inch Curly Maple salad bowl - Dailey Woodworking

Side view of 13 inch Curly Maple salad bowl

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Oct 20

Nested set of natural edge Curly Maple bowls

Nested set of 4 natural edge Curly Maple bowls - Dailey Woodworking

Nested set of natural edge Curly Maple bowls

 

I’m lucky because as a woodturner I get to work with some really great looking wood. One of my favorite woods to turn is Curly Maple which is often times referred to as Tiger Stripe Maple or Fiddleback Maple. The set that you see in the pictures is Curly Maple but it also has some Birdseye Maple and Blister Maple in the figure too. The wood is just awesome to look at. Unfortunately my picture-taking ability isn’t good enough to show you what I can see in the wood. That’s probably why I’m a woodturner and not a photographer.

Each of the smaller bowls that you see pictured was taken out of the next larger bowl. That’s a process woodturners call coring. In this set of wooden bowls the largest bowl is 17 inch in diameter, then 13 inches, 10 inches and down to the little bowl which is about 7 or 8 inches in diameter. Please let me know what you think of them.

Another view - Nested set of 4 natural edge Curly Maple bowls - Dailey Woodworking

Another view

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Oct 12

Small Birch Burl Bowl

Small Birch Burl Bowl - Dailey Woodworking

Small Birch Burl Bowl

So I have another bowl to show you. This is a small Birch Burl wood bowl that I turned a little while ago. It’s about 6 inches in diameter. The bowl has a lot of burl figure in it. The bowl features a nice rounded rim. You can find out more about this small bowl by following this link to my Dailey Woodworking site or this link to my Etsy store.  Please let me know what you think of the bowl.

 

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Oct 09

New Curly Maple Salad Bowl

 

10 inch Curly Maple salad bowl - Dailey Woodworking

10 inch Curly Maple salad bowl

 

Here is a new Curly Maple Salad bowl that I just added to my website. This wood bowl is 10 inches in diameter by 3 inches high. This Curly Maple bowl even has some Birdseye figure in it. The bowl features a rounded undercut rim and has a nice curved shape to it. You can find out more about it by following this link to my Dailey Woodworking site or this link to my Etsy store.  Please let me know what you think of the bowl.

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