A day with David Ellsworth

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Blog entry by Jon Spelbring posted 03-23-2010 03:45 PM 1330 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a busy weekend at Frank Klausz’s class, I headed out to Woodcraft yesterday for a day long workshop with David Ellsworth. Very cool. David is an excellent teacher. Knowlegeable (duh!), and very laid back. There were 10 in the class (I think). After doing a demo of making a natural edge bowl, we jumped in and started turning whatever it was that we wanted to work on. Some did natural edge bowls, some cut edge, and some hollow forms. I stuck to cut edge bowl – wound up with one spalted maple bowl, and one padouk funnel (nice bowl with an inconvenient hole in the bottom).

I had purchased one of his signature bowl gouges awhile back, and that’s what I used for the class. I gained a much better understaning on how his particular grind on the tool works, and how to use it effectively. I also learned that freshly turned padouk smells like a mix of wet dog and old socks.

In short, I really enjoyed the class, and meeting and talking with David. I may have to take a longer class at his school someday.

-- To do is to be

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#1 posted 03-23-2010 09:30 PM

The first “funnel” I turned made a hole that was an exact fit to my index finder – thus, it became a ‘finger bowl’.

If you ever have the chance, David is excellent!

I like the plug idea – I might try it – padouk is quite dark. Maybe a nice piece of holly.

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#2 posted 03-24-2010 07:36 AM

Oh, I get it, duh. A funnel is a bowl you turned too far in the middle and it resulted in a hole. A bowl with a hole in the middle is a funnel! I’m not a turner so I’m glad I figured it out on my own. lol

-- Jim

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