Auction #35 for Freethoughtblogs Legal Debts

This is to help defray FTB’s legal debts from Richard Carrier’s defamation lawsuit. Details and rules are below:


Auction Closed at $126

You can bid in the comments, or bid by emailing me [link]; it may take a while for an email bid to register because I check my email only once or twice a day.

Whoever bids the most wins. The final price is (winner decides) between $1 more than the second highest bidder, and what they bid. So, if someone bids $50 and you bid $100 and that’s the final bid, you pay whatever you want between $51 and $100. Please do not “auction snipe” with last-minute bids. This is more like a silent auction than Ebay. Pay Here: [paypal]

Auction Closes Monday March 22, 2021 at 10:00am EST

Walnut Burl Bowl

This is walnut burl, vaccum and slow-soaked in black resin. As it happens, walnut burl is not very dimensionally stable, so the bowl is no longer perfectly smooth and round. Is it “character” or a flaw? You decide.

The grain in the burl is complicated and you can get lost in it easily. The bowl is about 11″ across and a bit under 3″ high. It’s fairly heavy from the resin in it.

It is not waterpoof or outdoor-safe. It’s probably as UV stable as anything else made of wood is.

It has flaws. There are spots where there are resin-fills completely through. There are small holes and chatter-marks. But if you like this sort of thing, you’ll like this bowl.

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Unrelated: tomorrow (with luck) we’re moving my forging press to the new location, and I’m going to use that as an impetus to stop making bowls for a while and get busy finishing wiring the shop and setting up the forge. I’ve been relaxing and kicking back doing bowls because of the recent political stress and some other crap that’s been going on in my life.

If you like Marcus bowls, these may be the last lot for a while. I am not sure how much bowl turning I’ll be doing for the next month or so.

I currently owe: a nakiri/cleaver, a pimped wok, and a puuko knife. I think that is my shop work-queue. If I have forgotten something, please ping me. When I get the shop back on its feet I will be working those projects aggressively, although the wok project involves me completing my vacuum casting table, which is a bit more involved.

Thank you for bearing with me, those of you who have greased your bearings and borne with me. I really appreciate it and I swear I will not let you down. Unlike the F-35 programme, I will not spiral the costs of the project – but there are some teething delays as we mumble mumble logistics software data fusion something something.


  1. Bruce says

    Finally, I get it. The essence of this blog is comparing the F-35 with a wooden bowl, and realizing how much more useful and beneficial is the wooden bowl.

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