Finding bug-eaten holes deep through a work piece is always a disappointment. Deciding what to do about them puts one in a quandry that can last for days. This piece of Western Red Cedar looked sound as I prepared it for the lathe, but once the cutting began, it revealed a nasty flaw that would leave a 5/8" hole through the side no matter how I cut into it. I could have drilled a round hole and plugged it with the same wood. I could have filled it with colored epoxy. I could have left it alone and titled the piece 'What's Bugging Me.' Instead, I decided to let the flaw become a feature:
Adding a leather strip looped through the hole and decorated with jewelry baubles seemed a nice way to make up for an unattractive flaw. So, now it is a unique piece of artwork as well as a functional bowl. This is, in the Turning World, what is called a 'Nice Save.'