Bowling Ball Art

A friend at work is an avid bowler and challenged me to make something creative with a pair of cracked bowling balls he had.  The only requirement he had was that one had to be cut in half so the core of the bowling ball could be displayed.  This is what I came up with first:


Sorry for the poor quality photo.  I cut the ball in half using an angle grinder, sawzall, a cold chisel and whatever else looked like it could possibly split the thing in two.   I sanded the good side and it polished up nicely.  The other side got pretty mangled up, but I was able to carve out a notch in it and make it into a stand to fit the good side.  Not bad, but I figured I could do better.

The second ball I sent out to my father-in-law’s farm and he used his band saw on it and got a nice, smooth cut.  I crafted a wooden stand for the pair and figured I would take it a step further and make it into a lamp.  Here is what I came up with this time:


It turned out pretty good and I put an Edison bulb in it.  I took a picture of it with the light illuminated, but it really blew out everything else in the photo.  He was very happy with the result and has both stands displayed in his house.  This was a bit of a challenge for me since I had no idea how to work with the resin that the bowling balls are made of.  This project allowed me to flex my creative muscle and make something of my very own design.  Now he tells me he has a piece of bowling lane he wants me to work on.

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