20 year old Grape Bowl

Never posted this bowl as it was a Christmas gift to the DIL  in 2003, at that time was not aware of woodworking sites and forums.   At the time she had a theme in the kitchen with grapes, so the bowl.  Saw it at their home recently and borrowed it for the pictures to post.  

Tuned on the Delta Mini Lathe.    8 inches in diameter and about 6 inches tall.    The accent ring is Ash with Purple Heart Grapes.   Made by drilling holes in the block of various sizes in using Purple Heart dowel to fill for the grapes, the stem off the grape cluster is ebony.   The bottom half of the bowl is Walnut, with a white veneer between the bowl and the base.   Not sure of the base wood.   The top rim is Purple Heart.   Do not recall the finish used but it has held up well.    DIL keeps it visible on a shelf in their living room.   



Really cool! And a neat process too!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Came out great Ron. I’ll bet those fokes were worried about you returning it.  😃 

At first I miss read it and thought It said 20 year old grapes. Did the Purple Heart faded? 

James McIntyre

looks great ron. 

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Nice work Ron. Holding up very well.
The Purple Heart did not fade but it turned darker as expected.    The Walnut has not darkened much if at all.    It has been inside and not in direct sunlight.     

Thanks for the comments.


That’s a great looking bowl, interesting to see how purpleheart changes over time.


Very nice, like the method to create the grapes, slick.
wow GR8 bowl GR8 JOB 😍😎👍


Thanks for the comments.    


Ron beautiful turning, and thanks for sharing the process of the creating the grapes. Thia is something I would like to try someday.

Main Street to the Mountains

 Eric - the "Loft"
and thanks for sharing the process of the creating the grapes...

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Lovely gift!  Obviously much appreciated by the recipients.
It's nice to see the bowl is still in good condition. It's as a result of the quality product went to the right person:)

No name noobie here

Thanks for the comments.    I remembered a bit more on how I made the grapes.   Made a drawing of the grapes and used it as a pattern.   A sharp awl was  used to pinpoint each grape center, then drilled the holes with the appropriate size drill.   That way all were grape cluster was similar if not exactly the same.   The slot for the stem was cut using one of the holes as the access for a small saw.    Do not remember what saw I used.  



I have never seen anything like it!  That is awesome.

Well done


Thanks Petey.    One of my earliest segmented bowls.   


Great bowl/.  Would be a popular one where  I live, I am surrounded by vineyards.
Great bowl, Ron.

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

Do not remember what saw I used.

Always willing to aid the memory 987... or at least reduce the odds... I believe it wasn't a bandsaw.

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD